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Jimmy Walker wins on marathon Sunday

Jimmy Walker did everything required of a major champion on the longest final day in 64 years at a PGA Championship.

And then Jason Day made him do a little bit more.

Walker was standing over an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th hole Sunday when he heard a roar that caused him to twice back off the putt. It was Day, the defending champion and world's No. 1 player, down to his last chance and delivering with a 2-iron that landed in front of the pin and stopped 15 feet away for eagle.

Walker answered, like he had done all day, with a birdie for a three-shot lead.

Moments later, another roar.

Day made the eagle putt, and the lead was down to one.

''There was nothing easy about the day - really about the week, for that matter,'' Walker said. ''Especially coming down the last hole.''

He went for the 18th green knowing it was his easiest chance for the par he needed to win. The outcome was still in doubt until Walker missed the green to the right, pitched out of deep rough to 35 feet and rolled his first putt about 3 feet past the cup.

Walker calmly made it to capture the PGA Championship, ending a long and wet week at Baltusrol, and still having just enough strength left to hoist the 37-pound Wanamaker Trophy.

''He really put it on me to make a par,'' Walker said. ''Sometimes pars are hard. But we got it.''

That par gave him a 3-under 67 and a one-shot victory and made the 37-year-old from Texas a major champion. Even with the silver trophy at his side, Walker still had a hard time letting that sink in.

Because of rain, the 36-hole final was the longest in PGA Championship history since Jim Turnesa won his 36-hole match in 1952. Walker at least had time to rest in his travel bus - he's a frequent neighbor of Day on the PGA Tour - and get right back out into the final round. Walker, who shot a 68 in the morning for a one-shot lead over Day, didn't make a bogey over the last 28 holes.

Day, trying to join Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the PGA Championship in stroke play, came out to the 18th green with his son to watch the finish and quickly found Walker. ''Great stuff, mate,'' he said.

''It was nice to get the eagle, just to try and make Jimmy think about it,'' Day said after a 67. ''But obviously, Jimmy just played too good all day.''

In a most peculiar final day at a major, the PGA Championship allowed for preferred lies - that never happens in a major - because of nearly 4 inches of rain during the week that drenched the Lower Course. Desperate to beat the clock and avoid a second straight Monday finish at Baltusrol, the pairings stayed the same for the final round.

Walker and Day were playing with occasional mud on their golf balls on the back nine of the third round Sunday morning as some players behind them were able to lift, clean and place their golf balls in short grass in the fourth round.

But it ended on a happy note for Walker. He is a major champion, completing a sweep of first-time winners in the majors this year. Better yet: It moved him from No. 29 to No. 4 in the Ryder Cup standings, all but assuring him a spot on the team.

He finished at 14-under 266, one shot from David Toms' record score in the 2001 PGA Championship.

Walker began the back nine by holing a 45-foot bunker shot on No. 10 and making a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 11. The final birdie on the 17th was the most important because he had a cushion. And thanks to Day, he needed it.

''Two-putting from that is pretty difficult, especially trying to go for your first major,'' Day said. ''But he's handled himself pretty good.''

British Open champion Henrik Stenson, trying to join Ben Hogan as the only players to win back-to-back majors at age 40, faded with a double bogey on the 15th hole.

''It was a long day. I never felt like I brought my 'A' game,'' said Stenson, who started the final round two shots behind and closed with a 71. ''I think I hit more poor shots in the two rounds today than in the previous six or seven rounds combined.''

For the second straight major, this became a duel over the final hour.

Day pulled within one shot with a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 11, but he never had another birdie chance closer than 25 feet until the two par 5s at the end. Even so, the Australian battled to the end with the second of two 2-irons at 18 leading him to shout, ''Get back there!'' And it did.

Thanks to Walker holding his nerves, it just wasn't enough.

''God, just to be in it and be there and have a chance and then to finish it off is just ... it's so gratifying,'' Walker said.

Branden Grace records another top 5 finish

The pressure of contending in majors certainly agrees with South African Branden Grace, even if he has yet to close the deal.

With a tie for fourth at the PGA Championship on Sunday, Grace recorded his fourth top-five finish in golf's biggest events in just two years.

Ranked 12th in the world, he rebounded superbly from an opening level-par 70 at Baltusrol to shoot 66 and 67 in the final two rounds and finish at nine-under 271, five strokes behind winner Jimmy Walker.

"I came here this week and thought this is a place I can do well," Grace told reporters after setting the clubhouse lead before being eclipsed by eventual champion Walker and others.

"Played great the first day, was just unlucky ... when I tee it up now, I feel I can win a major. If you are coming into a major with that mindset, you know you are going to do well."

Grace tied for fourth in last year's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay after his title hopes evaporated with a double-bogey at the 16th where his tee shot ended up on train tracks out-of-bounds.

Two months later, he placed third in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, having pulled within a shot of eventual champion Jason Day's lead after making four birdies in five holes from the third before losing ground.

He tied for fifth at this year’s U.S. Open before suffering a rare bump in the British Open at Royal Troon earlier this month where he wound up in a share of 72nd.

"I feel I'm progressing pretty nicely," said Grace, a seven-times winner on the European Tour who clinched his first PGA Tour victory at the Heritage in South Carolina in April. "I think I'm getting more confident as the majors go on.

"I was a little bit disappointed with the (British) Open this year. I thought I played some decent golf, but it wasn't one of those golf courses that really suited me. I couldn't get my eye around the place.

"It was good here. Starting the final round … I managed to make a couple birdies and give myself a chance coming down the stretch. It was fun.

"On Friday, kind of looking like missing the cut at some stage. It shows I'm capable of fighting back and playing some great golf today just to finish the way I did."

Jason Day finishes runner up

As he walked down the 18th fairway after setting himself up for a potential eagle, Jason Day searched for a scoreboard. When he saw he was three shots behind Jimmy Walker, Day flipped his putter in the air and didn't catch it as it dropped to the ground.

He pretty much knew he wasn't catching Walker, either, in the PGA Championship.

The defending champion had said, after completing his first 18 holes on a marathon closing Sunday at Baltusrol, that he was ''excited'' for the afternoon chase. As darkness closed in, though, not even sinking that eagle putt on the finishing par 5 was enough for the world's No. 1 player.

''I didn't know he had taken a three-shot advantage,'' Day said. ''I didn't know if he holed the putt before my shot or after my shot because I didn't hear anything, really. All I knew was that I assumed I was only two shots back going into 18.

''I hit a great 2-iron down there (off the tee) and I just said, 'Let's just try and finish off with a bang, try to give him something to think about, and just keep pushing forward. The 2-iron into the green was probably one of the best 2-irons I've ever hit into a par 5, especially under the circumstances. It was nice to get the eagle, just to try and make Jimmy think about it, but obviously Jimmy just played too good all day. The birdie on 17 was key for him.''

Day was wearing a big smile as he left the green with a 13-under 287 total and a final-round, 3-under 67. He shared hugs with Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler, then lifted his 4-year-old son, Dash, who was crying.

Day - and Dash - watched on TV as Walker came to the 18th green needing a par on the course's easiest hole. Walker matched Day's 67 with his first bogey-free round in a major despite an off-target second shot into 18.

Then the Australian made his way to greenside to congratulate Walker after the American's 3-footer fell for the victory.

''Great stuff, mate,'' he told Walker.

''Let's start off, he's a tremendous bloke. Me and him have been, like, (RV) bus partners for a while now. We text each other all the time about him getting a new bus, and I'm showing him mine. We're just talking about buses all the time. We're always parked right next to each other, always hanging out. All the major championships, we see each other all the time.

''So you know, obviously he's a top bloke.''

Day fell short mainly because he bogeyed two of his first three holes in the final round after beginning it one shot behind Walker, who won his first major - just as Day did a year ago in the event at Whistling Straits. The driver failed him on both the opening hole and on No. 3 as he ''heeled'' the drive on No. 1 and ''toed'' it on No. 3.

''They are two blemishes, but stuff like that can kind of relax you sometimes, and for me it did,'' said Day, who made three birdies and the final eagle without any more bogeys. ''I kind of got ... underway with the rest of my game and played pretty solid golf from there.''

Playing 36 holes to finish off a major is no easy task, and Day was proud of back-to-back 67s. Weather issues on Saturday played havoc with the schedule, and the two-man groups from the third round remained together for the fourth regardless of scores.

That could have taken away some drama, and Day said he would have enjoyed being in the final pairing with Walker. But he also recognized it might not have made a difference.

''One guy this week was better than me.,'' Day said.

''But it would have been nice to be able to play in the last group with him, just to be able to go back and forth with him, maybe put a little bit more pressure on, because usually that becomes into kind of a match-play format. More mistakes or crucial moments can happen in situations like that.

''So it would have been nice, but we all understand we were trying to get the championship in.''

Big moves in Ryder Cup standings

Jimmy Walker was running out of time to make the Ryder Cup team for the second time in a row.

Winning the PGA Championship took care of that.

Walker went from No. 29 in the U.S. standings all the way up to No. 4 because of the double points at a major. With only four events remaining, and with a major championship on his side, he is virtually a lock to be at Hazeltine on Sept. 30.

He went 1-1-3 at Gleneagles as a Ryder Cup rookie, beating Lee Westwood in singles.

''I remember when I left ... I said, 'I never want to miss another one again,''' Walker said. ''I thought about that all year. I haven't played as well as I would have liked to, I'm not on the list. I'm not even close.''

Walker said he saw U.S. captain Davis Love III this week and told him there was still time for him to play his way onto the team, or maybe even show Love enough form that he was worth of a pick. That's no longer necessary.

It also was a big week for Brooks Koepka, who had dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 by missing a World Golf Championship and the British Open with an ankle injury. He walked 18 holes Thursday for the first time since the U.S. Open. The ankle remains tender. But he shot 66-70 on Sunday and tied for fourth, moving up to No. 5.

He is the equivalent of $680,000 ahead of Bubba Watson, who slipped to No. 9, with four tournaments left.

The top eight automatically make the team.

''I won't need a pick,'' Koepka said.

Watson fell out of the top eight, while Matt Kuchar missed the cut and dropped three spots to No. 11. Rickie Fowler is now No. 12.

Phil Mickelson still looking to win

Phil Mickelson has not won a title since capturing his fifth major crown at the 2013 British Open, but the 46-year-old American left-hander still likes his chances at majors.

Mickelson, who battled Henrik Stenson in the final round of the British Open two weeks ago before settling for second, fired a two-under par 68 Sunday to finish on three-under 277 at the PGA Championship, well behind the leaders over a rain-soaked Baltusrol course.

After struggling since his major win at Muirfield, Mickelson is finally excited to play again because he can feel top form returning.

"Certainly the play this year at the British tells me that I'm able to play at a high level," Mickelson said. "I'm starting to see my game come back. I'm starting to hit the shots again, what I'm visualizing, and doing it with ease now.

"I don't know what would hold me back. My love for the game and desire is as strong as it has ever been. It has taken me a year to get my game back after 2 1/2 years of really struggling. The only thing that's missing is the final result, but it has been very close."

Mickelson was second at Memphis and Pebble Beach this season as well as to Stenson at Royal Troon, but he will have more chances to collect that elusive triumph in the US PGA playoffs.

"I wouldn't say the lack of a win this year would be a failure, but it wouldn't be as successful as I want or expect," Mickelson said. "I'm optimistic heading into these next few events because I'm starting to hit shots."

Mickelson will take a three-week August vacation with his family and to train for his playoff run and the Ryder Cup just two months away against holders Europe at Hazeltine.

"I have not had three weeks in the summer for over two decades, and I'll take these three weeks off and be fresh and ready," Mickelson said. "I'll be fresh and excited to go out in the Ryder Cup, too."

When his age comes up, Mickelson went to the example of Germany's Bernhard Langer playing in the penultimate group in the final round of this year's Masters at age 58.

"That would be the one that would be probably the was most difficult because length being such a big factor, yet he's doing it in his mid-50s," Mickelson said.

"I don't know what would hold me back. I'm starting to play some really good golf again. Physically I don't have any issues to worry about right now.

"I've been able to really practice and work as hard I need to play at a high level."

Having suffered through the low points, Mickelson is enjoying the return to form even more.

"At times it has been very frustrating for me... but that has not been the case this year," he said. "The feel and touch is starting to come back. I'm starting to shoot some good scores. So I'm excited about where it's going."

Scores

1 USA Jimmy Walker -14 - 65 66 68 67 266
2 AUS Jason Day -13 - 68 65 67 67 267
3 USA Daniel Summerhays -10 - 70 67 67 66 270
T4 RSA Branden Grace -9 - 70 68 66 67 271
T4 USA Brooks Koepka -9 - 68 67 66 70 271
T4 JPN Hideki Matsuyama -9 - 69 67 67 68 271
T7 GER Martin Kaymer -8 - 66 69 71 66 272
T7 SWE Henrik Stenson -8 - 67 67 67 71 272
T7 USA Robert Streb -8 - 68 63 72 69 272
T10 ENG Paul Casey -7 - 69 69 68 67 273
T10 ENG Tyrrell Hatton -7 - 71 68 66 68 273
T10 USA William McGirt -7 - 70 67 66 70 273
T13 ARG Emiliano Grillo -6 - 66 67 73 68 274
T13 IRL Padraig Harrington -6 - 71 70 65 68 274
T13 USA Patrick Reed -6 - 70 65 70 69 274
T13 USA Webb Simpson -6 - 69 69 66 70 274
T13 USA Jordan Spieth -6 - 70 67 69 68 274
T18 FRA Gregory Bourdy -5 - 69 68 69 69 275
T18 USA Kevin Kisner -5 - 71 69 65 70 275
T18 AUS Adam Scott -5 - 70 67 69 69 275
T18 AUS John Senden -5 - 68 70 69 68 275
T22 KOR KJ Choi -4 - 68 70 71 67 276
T22 USA Russell Henley -4 - 68 72 68 68 276
T22 USA Billy Hurley III -4 - 72 65 69 70 276
T22 SCO Russell Knox -4 - 70 70 67 69 276

 





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