SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — Jimmy Walker heard the roars when Jason Day flushed a 2-iron stiff on the 18th green on Sunday evening. At that same time, the 37-year-old Walker stood over a ticklish downhill putt for birdie on 17, a putt he needed to make to secure a three-shot lead with just one hole to play.
Walker backed off the putt a couple of times. When he struck it, it tried to wiggle right at the end but caught just enough of the hole to fall in to get to 14 under — and it was crucial.
It was a cushion Walker would need, as Day’s eagle putt fell minutes later, getting him to 13 under and within one of the now-tenuous lead.
All Walker would need to do was make par on the famous 18th hole, which he did, to win the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
Watch Walker’s critical shot below.