Fresh slate for Jimmy Walker after golden 2014 golf campaign

Trying to replicate a career-best season is no easy task for any golfer and for Jimmy Walker the slate will be "wiped clean" as he launches his 2015 campaign at this week`s Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Reuters| Updated: Jan 09, 2015, 18:13 PM IST
Fresh slate for Jimmy Walker after golden 2014 golf campaign

Kapalua, Hawaii: Trying to replicate a career-best season is no easy task for any golfer and for Jimmy Walker the slate will be "wiped clean" as he launches his 2015 campaign at this week`s Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

After toiling away as a journeyman for several winless years on the highly competitive PGA Tour, Walker finally made his breakthrough in stunning fashion as he triumphed three times early on in 2013-14.

The slim American also performed well at the four majors, recording three top-10s last season, and has set his sights on clinching one of golf`s most coveted titles in 2014.

"The slate is going to be wiped clean for me in 2014 but it`s a career for me and I think you`ve got to look at it in a broad sense," Walker, 35, told Reuters as he wrapped up his preparations for the opening PGA Tour event of the year.

"I definitely want to keep doing what I`ve been doing. It was a lot of fun last season and it sure is fun to play well in the big events but I`d like to play ever better. So I`m looking forward to the challenge of being even better this year."

Walker, whose world ranking has climbed to 21 following his three victories on the 2013-14 PGA Tour, has especially targeted golf`s blue riband events.
SIZZLING START

"I want to compete and win one (a major) so that`s one of my goals this year," said the American, standing by the clubhouse at Kapalua`s Plantation Course with a spectacular, sun-splashed view of the Pacific and island of Molokai in the distance.

"I`m really looking forward to getting to Augusta (National) for the Masters and starting it off but there`s still a lot of really good golf in between now and then so I am pretty focused on that."

Walker won three times in just eight starts to launch his 2013-14 season in sizzling fashion and believes his game is close to that level heading into Friday`s opening round at Kapalua where an elite, winners-only field of 34 has assembled.

"I feel good," smiled the Oklahoma native, who now resides in Texas. "I feel like I am prepared and rested and ready to go. Time will tell. I have done what I need to do to be ready, and that`s all I can do."

Walker became only the fourth player since 1995 to win three events in eight or fewer starts to begin a PGA Tour season, emulating the previous achievements of David Duval, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who did so an incredible eight times.

"You play hard to get into a position to have a chance to win and sometimes it`s hard to get to that point, but the more times you do, obviously the more chances you`re going to have," said Walker.

"Eventually you will break through and get the win. It`s just about being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of the breaks when you get them."