Jimmy Walker shoots 63 to win Sony Open
Jimmy Walker went seven years and 187 tournaments before he finally won on the PGA Tour. Now he seems to have it figured out.
Walker pulled away from the pack with three consecutive birdies on the back nine of Waialae at Honolulu on Sunday and closed with a seven-under-par 63 to win the Sony Open for his second tour victory in his last six starts.
“It took me a long time to do it,” Walker said. “I felt very calm and controlled. That’s what you’ve got to feel and do when it’s time to win. It’s easy to say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf.”
Chris Kirk had a 30-foot eagle chip from just short of the green on the par-five 18th that would have forced a playoff. It stayed right of the hole, and Kirk made the birdie putt for a 66 to finish alone in second place.
Walker finished at 17-under 263.
South African Louis Oosthuizen birdied his closing two holes to retain the Volvo Champions title after an earlier eagle on the eighth.
The 2010 British Open winner shot a four-under 68 for an overall 12-under 276 at Durban, South Africa, and claimed his seventh win on the European Tour.
Oosthuizen finished a stroke ahead of fellow South African Branden Grace, who also shot a 68 on the Durban Country Club course.
Rodriguez witness speaks
Major League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star that started in 2010.
Anthony Bosch, the owner of the now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic Biogensis, said in an interview on “60 Minutes” that Rodriguez paid him $12,000 per month to provide him with an assortment of banned drugs that included testosterone and human growth hormone.
Rodriguez’s suspension was reduced Saturday by an arbitrator from 211 games to 162, plus all playoff games next season.
MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said in the segment that Bosch agreed to cooperate with the investigation because he thought his life was in danger.
The players’ association said in a statement that it is disappointed MLB participated in the show and is considering its legal options.
Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham accepted a similar position on Bobby Petrino’s staff at Louisville.
Georgia Coach Mark Richt confirmed that Grantham had accepted an offer from the Cardinals. Grantham was Georgia’s defensive coordinator for four years.
Claude Noel was fired as coach by the Winnipeg Jets and replaced by Paul Maurice.
Noel was fired amid a five-game losing streak that dropped the Jets to 19-23-5 and 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the NHL’s Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, was 80-79-18 during his tenure with the Jets.
Marcel Hirscher of Austria mastered a classic Swiss slope yet again, winning a World Cup slalom at Adelboden, Switzerland, to seize the lead in the overall and discipline standings.
Hirscher, the two-time defending overall champion, sliced through the gates on the steep final slope to beat Andre Myhrer of Sweden by 0.29 of a second.
Teenager Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway was third, trailing 0.66 behind Hirscher’s combined two-run time of 1 minute 49.75 seconds.
Marie-Michele Gagnon of Canada won a women’s World Cup super-combined event for her maiden victory.
It was the first victory for a Canadian woman in a combined event at the World Cup level since 1984.
Gagnon was 1.37 seconds off the lead after the super-G portion earlier Sunday but posted the second-fastest time in the slalom run to finish in an aggregate 2 minutes 5.55 seconds at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria.
Michaela Kirchgasser of Austria was 0.32 back in second, and Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany trailed by 0.39 in third.
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