His last victory on the PGA Tour came in 2016, when he joined the club of Major winners. On the Lower Course of the Baltusrol Golf Club Walker won the Wanamaker Trophy, beating Jason Day, himself a past champion of the PGA Championship, by just one shot.
After that victory, his career on Tour followed a downward spiral, also due to the health problems that afflict him (the player from Oklahoma City suffers from Lyme syndrome), so much so that, a year ago, he had considered the withdraw.
But, at that moment, the revision of the PGA Tour rankings linked to the resignation of the LIV Golf players guaranteed him the card for the 2022-2023 season (Walker fell into the exemption category of the first 50 players who have won the most in career, NDR).
He played in 25 tournaments, missing the cut in 15, finishing the regular season in 124th place in the FedEx Cup. According to the old regulations, with this placement he would have guaranteed his card for the next season.
But the rules have changed (in the running, NDR), and now players from 71st to 125th in the FedEx ranking must make it through the Fall Series without slipping past the last position to keep the card.
Jimmy Walker, statements
And Jimmy Walker really doesn't like this: “They changed the rules, they were always the first 125” “It's different now, The Top 50? The first 70? Definitely not the first 125” “I worked for 11 months to stay in the 125s, and now they tell me 'no, you have to play again'” “So, I'll have to give everything I have.
That's all I can do." Walker then continued: “I can tell you that many people have sent me messages congratulating me on making it to the top 125” “I had to explain to them that it wasn't like that” “The PGA Tour has done a poor job of communicating what is happening” “I don't know what's happening.
They talk about a big reward for the top players who haven't signed with LIV Golf, and all this amazes me." “The Tour is doing everything in its power to take care of itself, not the players”.