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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jimmy Walker
By winning Sunday's Valero Texas Open, Corey Conners moves to 84th in the world and is now qualified for both the Masters and May's PGA Championship.
Len Hochberg ranks the field for the season's first major. Outside of 2017's fluke injury, Dustin Johnson has thrived at Augusta, and should do so again.
Byeong-Hun An lands among our targets on FanDuel this week thanks to his stellar ball-striking, but he'll need the putter to cooperate as he seeks that maiden victory on Tour.
Tony Finau has gotten things going with his putter of late, which makes him one of Bryce Danielson's picks to click in this week's contests on Yahoo.
There's not much star power in the field, but Abraham Ancer could make a name for himself this week, and is listed among the golfers to target in contests on DraftKings.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Walker essentially played a full season under the weather as it was revealed that he was dealing with Lyme Disease since November of 2016. When put in that context, it's amazing that Walker played well enough to finish inside the top-125. With that in mind, it's probably best to just throw out all of his results from last season. At this price, the former major champion is a must have as his condition is something that he should be able to manage going forward. Even if he continues to struggle with it, he's still capable of playing well from time to time as proven last season.
With his win at the PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker not only won his first major, but he also destroyed the notion that he only plays well early in the year. Walker surprised everyone at the PGA Championship, but anyone who watched him over those four days in July, knows that his win was no fluke. Walker jumped out to the lead and even with all the pressure in the world, managed to stave-off Jason Day and cruise to victory. It was a great moment for Walker, but one that makes his selection in a salary cap league this year almost impossible. In draft leagues, Walker is likely a 2nd-round pick.
A tale of two seasons for Walker in 2014. Walker dominated the early part of the season, but didn't get a lot accomplished during the heart of the PGA Tour season. Walker doesn't appear to be a fluke, but he's also not a top-5 player in the world, which is what he appeared to be early last season. As such, his price is too high in salary cap leagues. As for draft leagues, he could be a first-rounder, but probably should go early in the second round.
Walker was one of the more consistent players in 2013, but his final number was a little low because he failed to find a victory. That fact however is working in his favor this year as his number is in a relatively reasonable position. Walker should continue to improve in 2014, which makes him a good pick in the 25-35 range. He's also a decent option in salary cap leagues.
Last season was Walker's third on the PGA TOUR, and he's improved each year. He increased his earnings in each of the last three seasons, but the increments have been relatively small. A larger increase in earnings is possible, though, as he showed signs early last season that he might be ready for bigger things. Considering his consistency the last few years, the risk is pretty low, which makes Walker a decent option in salary cap leagues. In draft leagues, Walker should go in the fifth or sixth round.
Walker has been a member of the PGA Tour since 2008 and has steadily improved each of his four seasons. Perhaps steadily isn't the best way to describe his progression. How about slowly? Yes, he's getting better, but at this rate, he'll be eligible for the Champions Tour by the time he hits $2 million. One the bright side, his biggest year-to-year improvement came last season as his earnings jumped from little more than $900K in 2010 to more than $1.3 million in 2011. He also improved his cut percentage as well as his Top-25s and Top-10s.
Walker's performance on the PGA TOUR has improved each of the last three seasons, and there's hope that a significant bump in earnings could be right around the corner. Walker spent time the last couple years recovering from a neck injury, but he's appears past that. He finished 125th after the 2009 season before moving up 23 spots in 2010. Another jump up the rankings is likely ahead for Walker as he's fully healthy entering the 2011 season. Walker has been long off the tee and solid on the greens in his three years on the PGA TOUR.
Nobody could classify Walker's play last year as Dyno-mite, yet he did enough to grab the final spot in the top-125. The problem with Walker is where he earned his money. Most of it came from late-season events with watered-down fields. Walker will be lucky to grab this spot again next season.
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T58 at API
Walker closed with a two-under 70 on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational to finish in a tie for 58th place.
T44 finish in Phoenix
Walker closed with a two-over 73 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open to finish in a tie for 44th place.
T51 at Sony Open
Walker closed with a one-under 69 on Sunday at the Sony Open to finish six-under and tied for 51st.
Jumps 26 positions in final round
Walker moved all the way into a tie for 29th place after his seven-under 65 in the final round of the CJ Cup.
Cracks top-40 at CIMB Classic
Walker fired a six-under 66 in the final round of the CIMB Classic to move into a tie for 39th place.