Day eagles last but Walker still soars at 2016 US PGA Championship

Jimmy Walker PGA

A MAGNIFICENT eagle on the last wasn’t quite enough for Jason Day to overcome a triumphant Jimmy Walker at the 2016 US PGA Championship in New Jersey.

Walker held his nerve for a par on the last for a one stroke victory over the defending champion Aussie world number one.

The 37 year old American became the fourth first-time winner of a major this year, making it a clean sweep for newbies. Danny Willett won the Masters, Dustin Jonson the US Open and Henrik Stenson the British Open last week.

Day also now has more major runners up than anyone bar Phil Mickelson.

Walker and Day were among those who had a marathon 36 hole final day at the Baltusrol Golf Club after not playing a hole of their third round on Saturday when bad weather caused play to be abandoned.

Day began his fourth round Sunday scratchily with bogies on the first and third but fought back, capping it off with his up and down from 260 yards for eagle on the par five 18th.

Unfortunately, he had needed to make his uphill birdie putt on the 17th while he hadn’t needed Walker to birdie 10,11 and 17; including a game changing chip in from a greenside bunker on 10.

In the end, Walker went wire to wire with his closing 67 to finish at 14-under, one in front of Day, who finished the final day with two 67’s.

Walker, who turned pro in 2001, had eight previous tour victories, including 5 on the US PGA TOUR and three on the Tour. He has had a lean time since a bright patch in 2014, missing the cut in his past three majors

Jimmy Walker holes out for birdie from greenside bunker on 10: Video 

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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