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Sony Open golf: Jimmy Walker cruises to win

Sony Open golf: Jimmy Walker cruises to win
Jimmy Walker became the first back-to-back winner of the Sony Open since 2004, successfully defending his title in dominant fashion as he blitzed the PGA Tour field on Sunday. The 36-year-old American posted the biggest winning margin in the 50-year history of the event. He fired a seven-under 63 to finish at 23-under 257, nine shots in front of runner-up Scott Piercy.

He also won just a week after blowing a three-shot lead with five holes to play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui. “I really wanted to finish out the day today, which I didn’t do last week. I kept grinding and making putts and that’s what I did today,” Walker said. In this event last year, Walker emerged from a five-way tie to shoot a closing round of 63 and beat Chris Kirk by one shot. South Africa’s Ernie Els was the last back-to-back winner of the Sony Open in 2004.

Walker shot four straight rounds in the 60s this week at the Waialae Country Club to finish the week at 23-under-par 257.  The victory is his fourth on the PGA Tour.
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