Playing in the city he lives in and the state he grew up in, Jimmy Walker raced his way to the Valero Texas Open title by four strokes over fellow Texan Jordan Spieth on Sunday.
Walker lives in San Antonio, where the tournament was held, and attended college at Baylor University, about three hours up I-35. He shot a closing-round 70 to finish 11-under, while Spieth, a Dallas native who went to school at the University of Texas, wound up at 7-under.
Walker has won five PGA titles in the last 1-1/2 seasons, including two this year.
“Everybody says it’s hard to win at home,” Walker said, “(but) it’s hard to win any week — home, away, out of the country, it’s hard. So I feel good.” The win propels Walker into the top 10 for the first time in his career.
Walker was up and down throughout most of the round, even par through the first 12 holes, but he hit double-digit length birdie putts on 16 and 17 to seal the deal.
Spieth was his own worst enemy early on, four bogeys between 3 and 10 before making a closing push with birdies on 14, 15, 16, and 17.
Defending FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel was a distant third at 4-under. Five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson continued his odd fade at the tournament, in which he shot two strokes worse each day than the day previous, finishing with a 76 on Sunday to tie for 30th at 4-over.
Mickelson was miserable on the front nine, carding a 6-over 42 before rallying for three birdies down the stretch.