There have been 19 events played on the PGA TOUR this season without a multiple winner. That could change this week if Titleist Brand Ambassador and local San Antonio area favorite Jimmy Walker has anything to say about it.
Having successfully defended his Sony Open title in January, Walker is heading into the event refreshed after taking the last two weeks off and confident in his local knowledge of the golf course.
"The big key to playing well here is controlling your golf ball," said Walker of the 7,435 yard, par 72 Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
"You need to hit fairways because the greens are pretty firm and they are definitely not going to be receptive if you're coming in from out of the rough. The wind can blow here as well, especially at the top of the hill, where it is important to have confidence in a golf ball you can control."
Walker has played the Pro V1x golf ball since the beginning of the calendar year when he finished runner-up in a playoff at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui, and then defended his SONY Open in Hawaii title with a convincing nine shot win in Honolulu. He has made the cut in each of the nine events in which he has played, including four Top 10 finishes. He also sits atop the season-long FedExCup standings.
"I love the performance of the Pro V1x," said Walker. "It has the perfect ball flight that I am seeking –nice and tight off the driver, fairways and long irons and very controllable off the wedges. The ball has great feel and is extremely durable. The best I’ve ever played.”
In addition to the Pro V1x golf ball, Walker plays a full complement of Titleist golf clubs from tee through green:
DRIVER:Titleist 915D2 (9.5º) w/Aldila Rogue Silver 60 Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY: Titleist 915F (15º) w/Aldila Rogue Silver 80 Tour X shaft
FAIRWAY: Titleist 915F (18º) w/Fujikura Motore VC8.2 Tour X shaft
IRONS: Titleist MB 714 irons (3-9) w/True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts
WEDGES: Vokey Design SM4 pitching wedge (48º), SM5 sand (54º) and lob (60º) wedges w/True Temper Dynamic Golf X100 shafts
PUTTER: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS putter
"It has been nice the way the schedule has worked out because I felt I played really well on the west coast swing and at Doral, so I've been able to recharge my batteries the past couple of weeks," said Walker. "It has been nice to be home for what will be a rare three weeks straight, and I was able to come out and practice here over that stretch. The golf course is in great shape. I feel good and I feel like I'm prepared."
Good luck and play well this week, Jimmy!
• Through the first 19 events played on the PGA TOUR this season, Titleist golf ball loyalists have combined to win 12 times, four times more than the nearest competitor with 3 ...
• Seven (Ben Martin, Robert Streb, Charley Hoffman, Jimmy Walker, Bill Haas, Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth) of the 12 (CIMB Classic winner, Bubba Watson, James Hahn, Padraig Harrington, Alex Cejka) players who have won with Titleist golf balls, also rely upon Titleist golf clubs for their tee-through-green success ...
• Two of every three players (4,284) that have competed in an event across the worldwide professional tours in 2015, teed up a Titleist golf ball, nearly seven times the nearest competitor with 623 ...
• Titleist golf ball loyalists have accumulated 29 victories across the worldwide professional tours in 2015