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Golf’s Stargazer Playing In Another Galaxy

PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA | This is how you’re greeted upon entering the most unique website for anyone who plays golf for a living: “I love taking something from nothing and turning it into an image that makes you stop and think.” Which the past few weeks, the man who created those words, Jimmy Walker, has done. Not with his astrophotography, spectacular pictures, nebulae, galaxies, in brilliant colors, posted at www.darkskywalker.com. Impressive, indeed. A hobby, if a transcendent one. It is Walker’s golf that’s making us think. And gawk. And toss accolades. Finally. A strange game, golf, described by the late George Archer as “catching lightning in a bottle.” The bottle of Jimmy Walker was empty for years. Now, at 35, he’s captured enough electricity to light the Las Vegas strip. After going winless the first 187 tournaments he entered, Walker won three of his next eight. In this wraparound PGA Tour schedule which began in October, rather than as in past seasons, in January, Walker has equaled the records of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval, victories in three of the first eight. Frys.com in the fall, the Sony Open in January, the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, that one after nearly squandering a six-shot lead but deftly sinking a 5-foot par putt at 18 to win by one. “I can’t say I was thinking about the past tournaments on Sunday,” Walker said of his tenacity at Pebble, “but all those memories become ingrained, and subconsciously you can start to rely on that kind of stuff.


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