Walker joins elite company with victory at Pebble

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Tiger WoodsPhil MickelsonDavid Duval … 

And Jimmy Walker?

On Sunday at Pebble Beach, the 35-year-old Texan – who just five months ago was winless on the PGA Tour – earned his third title in eight starts during this new 2013-14 wraparound season.

Walker is just the fourth player in the past 20 years to win three events in eight or fewer starts to a season. 

Woods, of course, has accomplished the feat five times, most recently in 2013, when he won three of his first five starts. Mickelson won three times in eight starts in 2005, while Duval, the former world No. 1, had three wins in his first seven appearances (and four of his first eight) in 1999.

What’s more, with the victory Sunday, Walker also joined this elite list of players who have won three-plus events in a season in the past decade: Woods, Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Rory Mcllroy, Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry.

Walker is the most improbable. 

Since 1970, only five players have won three-plus times in a season after previously being winless:

Bob Tway: 50 starts, then four wins in 1986

Denis Watson: 73 starts, then three wins in 1984 

David Duval: 86 starts, then three wins in 1997

Paul Azinger: 107 starts, then three wins in 1987

Jimmy Walker: 187 starts, then three wins (and more than half a season to go) in 2013-14