Jimmy Walker is in the driving seat this week as he attempts to retain his AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am title in California where a coveted field is supposed to appear. The likes of Ian Poulter, Jordan Speith, 2009 and 2010 winner Dustin Johnson and the inform Jason Day will all be looking to cause an upset. After narrowly beating both Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner last year by one shot, Walker will be looking to make this year a more comfortable victory.
Walker comes into the tournament on fine form after his 9 stroke victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this year and is looking to repeat this fine form this week and has every faith in himself to do just that.
“I think that confidence is a big thing. It’s being comfortable, feeling comfortable, managing your schedule.” – Jimmy Walker during Press Conference in California.
Walker start the 2015 season in superb style with one win and one second place finish in Hawaii making him the bookies favourite. He took two weeks off after his spectacular start and visited his coach Butch Harmon for some fine tuning. Whatever Butch told him, it is certainly working. Two weeks off and he still manages a top ten finish at the Farmers Insurance last week and looks to only get better.
But even with great form going into the tournament all is not won or lost yet. As last weeks Farmers Insurance winner Jason Day looks to make it two wins in a row and move closer to the world number 1 spot.
With Mcilroy dominating the golfing world and both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson slowly but surely disappearing into the background, who will challenge the Northern Irish Talisman at the top of the food chain?
Last week at Torrey Pines he saw off competition in a four man play-off to claim his first victory since the WGC-Accenture Matchplay almost a year ago. He has the swing, the composure and now the titles to defend the statement, ‘Jason Day the next world number 1?’
A top five finish this week at Pebble beach will out him on course to challenge Mcilroy and with the Masters just over a month away, a little healthy competition for Rory could be just what the golfing world needs.