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Walker charges to Sony Open win

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 9:37 a.m. HST, Jan 13, 2014

Jimmy Walker fired a bogey-free, final-round 63 to win his second event of the new wraparound PGA Tour season with a four-day total of 17-under 263.

The 34-year-old San Antonio resident won by one shot over Chris Kirk (66--264) and by two over 2002 Sony Open champion Jerry Kelly (65--265). Walker needed 188 tournaments to get his first win at the event in October; the opening tournament of the new 2013-14 tour season.

And now, just seven events later, he gets his second in the first full-field tourney of 2014.

"It feels great," Walker said after Kirk missed his chip for eagle to force a playoff. "I learned so much in that first win. I used that knowledge on the back nine today. I figured if I didn't have any bogeys, I could win."

Kirk rolled in his birdie putt at the last to finish alone in second. The putt was worth about $110,000 had he missed it and tied with Kelly for second.

World No. 2 Adam Scott made some noise early in the round to finish tied for eighth. He will take a six-week break before rejoining the tour in Florida.

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