Home win for Walker
Jimmy Walker became the first player to win multiple titles on the PGA Tour this season with a win at the Valero Texas Open.
At his home event, the 36-year-old carded four sub-par rounds to defeat Jordan Spieth by four shots and extend his lead in the FedExCup to almost 500 points.
The win has moved Walker into the top ten of the world rankings for the first time in his career and he has now won five times in his last 37 PGA Tour starts, with 15 top tens in that period. Impressive stuff.
Jimmy's wife, Erin, tweeted:
Spieth settles for second
In his first start since winning the Valspar Championship, Jordan Spieth finished clear in second place and launched a blistering back nine challenge to Walker with four birdies in his last five holes.
Unfortunately for the 21-year-old, Walker was too many shots clear but he has climbed up two places to No.4 in the world rankings as a result of his runner-up finish and is now second behind Walker in the FedExCup standings.
Spieth was slightly disappointed, saying: “I was just standing with Michael right after when he was celebrating with Andy, and I said, Michael, this sucks.
“All‑in‑all, I am happy for him but not exactly pleased that he was the one to come out on top today.”
But Spieth was chuffed for his Ryder Cup team-mate and tweeted:
After sitting in a tie for fourth place after an excellent opening round of 70 in difficult conditions in Texas, it looked as though Phil Mickelson was finally finding some form ahead of the Masters
However, the 44-year-old faltered, shooting six-over for the weekend and finishing down in T30. The three-time champion at Augusta will now be hoping for a stronger performance at the Shell Houston Open in the final PGA Tour event before the Masters. Is Phil out of the reckoning at Augusta?
Ramsay revels in Morocco
Richie Ramsay put a torrid start to 2015 behind him with a win at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.
It’s the Scot’s first win on the European Tour since the Omega European Masters in September 2012 and his third career win on the tour.
The win moves him up to No.77 in the world and he joins Stephen Gallacher (No.39), Marc Warren (No.51) and Russell Knox (No.76) in the top 80.
What made the win all the more impressive was that Ramsay’s record in 2015 was four missed cuts and a withdrawal, so it’s fair to say that the win was somewhat out of the blue.
Woe for Warren
Marc Warren has come up just short in his bid for a debut appearance at the Masters next month after a T35 finish at the Valero Texas Open.
The Scot has moved to No.51 in the world, just one place shy of a spot at Augusta National.
But despite narrowly missing out on a first taste of Augusta National, Warren wasn’t too downbeat and said: “Looking back, it’s been a good month over here. So rather than thoughts of making it into the Masters, my mind has been foremost on qualifying for the WGC later in April and being inside the top 64 I’m guaranteed that. I’m also thinking now of the Players Championship in May.”
Lydia on for Ko-nsecutive record
At the age of 17, Lydia Ko has already broken tons of records in the women’s game and by the time the ANA Inspiration – the first of five women’s majors – finishes next week, she may well have another.
After four sub-par rounds at the Kia Classic, Ko has now gone 28 consecutive rounds under par, one behind the LPGA record of 29 held by Annika Sorenstam.