Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Jordan Spieth's scary-good play, Jimmy Walker's win in San Antonio and Lydia Ko's consistency.
Of course it would be Jimmy Walker who ended the 54-hole jinx on the PGA Tour.
The San Antonio resident has led the final through three rounds in three of his five victories (2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and Sony Open and 2015 Sony Open).
The Tour went nine consecutive weeks without a 54-hole leader converting that advantage to a victory, but on Sunday Walker began the final turn four shots clear of the pack and posted a closing 70 to best Jordan Spieth by the same amount and end the inexplicable streak.
What’s not surprising is that it was Walker who ended it. – Rex Hoggard
It was trendy to lump Jordan Spieth in with the rest of his uber-talented 20-something brethren. There’s only one difference: He’s better. A lot better.
After winning his hometown event, after keeping a red-hot Spieth at bay down the stretch, Jimmy Walker exhaled and said, “Holy cow. I’m going to have nightmares about that guy.”
Spieth isn’t particularly long, and he doesn’t always hit it straight, but he’s insanely competitive and he has an uncanny ability to get the ball in the cup. He plays to win, and Walker is right – that baby-faced kid must be terrifying for a frontrunner.
The runner-up at the Valero was Spieth’s eighth top-10 in his last 10 worldwide starts, a stretch that includes three wins. Now No. 4 in the world, it seems like a matter of when, not if, Spieth will eventually ascend to the top spot. – Ryan Lavner
Lydia Ko didn’t win the Kia Classic, but the fact that she gave herself a chance to win for the fourth time in her last eight worldwide starts was impressive.
Her consistency is something to marvel over. Ko’s 67 Sunday at Aviara Golf Club was her 28th consecutive round under par in an LPGA event. She’s one more sub-par round away from equaling the LPGA record set by Annika Sorenstam. Ko’s third-place finish was her 10th consecutive top-10 finish in a tour event.
With the ANA Inspiration next week, Ko might be the favorite to win the year’s first major championship, a rather remarkable fact given she’s still 17 and Young Tom Morris is the only player younger than Ko to have won a major in the history of golf.
He did it 147 years ago.
Of course, Ko is the Rolex world No. 1 and nobody will be surprised to see her in the hunt next Sunday at Mission Hills. In fact, the surprise will be if she isn’t in the mix. – Randall Mell