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WALKER For an unassuming man who enjoys watching celestial bodies and stars, Jimmy Walker is quietly becoming a star himself. Indeed, after beating Jason Day by one stroke at the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club and hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy, Walker made it well known he is no fleeting star. To be sure, the soft-spoken Oklahoman has been a proven winner on the TOUR, breaking out with five victories over an eight-start span on the PGA TOUR from 2013-15. But it wasn’t until the final major of the year at stormy Springfield, N.J., when Walker shut down Day with a 3-underpar 67 and proved he’s a star bound to burn bright for years to come. Day was trying to win his second straight PGA Championship and eagled the final hole to put the heat on Walker, but Walker answered with his own dramatic birdie putt on the 17th hole after hearing the thunderous applause for Day. Then, Walker sealed the win with a par putt at 18. Walker and Day were actually among a number of golfers who had to play 36 holes Sunday because the storms prevented players from getting on the course Saturday. The extra pressure didn’t affect the highly popular Walker, however, as he led the tournament field from start to finish and became the fifth straight first-timer to win a major.

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