Jimmy Walker’s victory at the Sony Open Sunday was a display in putting perfection. En route to a nine-shot win and a successful title defense, Walker finished first in strokes gained/putting, distance of putts made and putts per green in regulation. He also made four putts of 10 feet or longer on the back nine Sunday in Hawaii.
Walker has been one of the best putters on the PGA Tour, finishing 11th in the stat in 2013-14 when he won three times throughout the season. However, Walker recently made a putting switch that has paid off hugely.
Walker had been using a Scotty Cameron Tour Rat 2 Prototype for the majority of last season, but switched to a putter he had initially used in 2003-04 to begin 2015. The new (old) stick is a Scotty Cameron Newport 2 that had been one of Walker’s favorite putters, but became obsolete as his specs changed over time. The Newport 2 was restored and refurbished at the Scotty Cameron Custom Shop, a process that included adding 10-gram tungsten weights to the sole.
Here’s a look at Walker’s Newport 2 that helped him win the Sony Open in Hawaii.