Jimmy Walker, the hottest early-season player on Tour, sounds off on the strangest on-course ruling he’s seen, his love of country music and his searing skills in the kitchen.
Among your many talents, what’s one that no one knows about?
I’m an astrophotographer. That entails shooting objects in the sky at night, whether they be stars, nebulas, galaxies. I’ve gotten pretty good at it.
What’s something that nobody knows you’re terrible at?
Anything with a ball sport I’m pretty good. But billiards is something I’ve never been good at and probably never will be good at.
What is the strangest thing you’ve seen on a golf course?
We were in Memphis, and it was a ruling. One of my playing partners had to mark his ball to identify it in the rough. Underneath his ball is a buried golf ball. I’ve never seen anything like that and he hadn’t either. Called in the rules official and that was a new one for him.
How was it settled?
I think he ended up removing the embedded ball, recreating the lie and placing his ball back. It was pretty interesting.
At what point in your life did you know you were going to be on the PGA Tour?
In my senior year of college [at Baylor] I really started to figure out how to play golf. That’s when I think I realized that I had what it took to take it to the next level.
If there was a movie being made about your life, who would you want to play you and why?
[Laughs] Everybody always tells me that Edward Norton and I look a lot alike. He’s a pretty good actor. I think he’d do a good job.
If you could have tickets to any musical show, any artist or any band in history, front–row seats, who would it be?
I’ve actually gotten to see my favorite band and/or musician perform: Garth Brooks out here in Vegas a couple of times. It was a pretty special, very intimate, cool show.
What was the last costume you wore to a party?
When I was a kid, we did a hatchet in the head. We sewed on a hatchet to a headband, spiked the hair up so you couldn’t see the headband, and then had blood running all down the shirt and face. I definitely got some looks.
What’s your best dish?
We’ve moved into a new house, new kitchen, new appliances, and I’ve been doing a lot of my cooking just right on a flat-top griddle. Get it real hot, do a lot of searing right there and move it into the oven for controlled heat; they’ve been turning out just amazing. A lot of red–meat stuff, lots of pastas, chicken. Yeah, I’m hungry.
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