10 Things You Didn't Know About Jimmy Walker

Did you know the 2016 USPGA Champion is keen on astronomy?

Things You Didn't Know About Jimmy Walker
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10 things you didn't know about the 2016 USPGA Champion Jimmy Walker

10 Things You Didn't Know About Jimmy Walker

A six-time Major winner on the PGA Tour, and a Major winner at the 2016 PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker has achieved a lot in the game of golf. Take a look at these 10 things you didn't know about the man born in Oklahoma.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Jimmy Walker

1) He's very keen on astrology. He owns a telescope and enjoys taking photographs of the moon. He told Golf Digest in 2015; "Orion's Sword. The Christmas Tree Cluster. The Sagittarius Triplets. These are the interstellar things I see and photograph through astrophotography."

2) He met his wife, Erin, in 2004 when she was volunteering at a Web.com event he was playing in.

3) She is an equestrian show jumper and writes a blog called Tour Wife Travels which gives an insight to what travelling on the PGA Tour is like, however she hasn't updated it since 2012.

4) His father-in-law Mark Stiegmeier was the 1975 world champion freestyle skier.

5) Walker turned pro in 2001.

6) He played full-time on the Nationwide Tour in 2003 and 2004 and was the player of the year and leading money winner in '04.

7) He won three PGA Tour tournaments in the first eight events of 2014, after going 187 starts without a victory.

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8) Walker attended Baylor University and whilst playing for the Bears he didn't miss one tournament for the Bears. He graduated in 2001.

9) He owns a motorhome which he travels around in with his family.

10) His caddie Andy Sanders was a top player himself. He attended the University of Houston and was one of the best players in the country. He turned professional in 2004 and played a bit on the Nationwide Tour, however bouts of vertigo and multiple sclerosis derailed his career.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x