You Oughta Know: Walker's Hawaiian hot streak


Thanks in large part to a hot putter, Jimmy Walker is in position to win for the second straight week on the PGA Tour. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, where Walker leads by two shots:

  • Walker closed his third-round 62 with 11 straight one-putts. He is now 54 under par in his last 11 competitive rounds in Hawaii, a streak that dates back to last year's event at Waialae and includes his playoff loss last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
  • Walker now has recorded 11 straight rounds in the 60s during the wraparound season, a streak that began at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
  • Walker won this event a year ago and on Sunday will look to become the first player to successfully defend his title at Waialae since Ernie Els went back-to-back in 2003 and 2004.
  • This is the third time Walker has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. He went on to win the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, while his lead last week at Kapalua ended in a playoff loss to Patrick Reed.
  • At 14 under, Matt Kuchar will begin the final round alone in second place, two shots behind Walker. Kuchar is in position for his fourth straight top-10 finish at this event, a stretch that included T-5 results in both 2011 and 2013.
  • Like Walker, Kuchar has had success in Hawaii. He has been under par in 14 of his last 15 rounds at Waialae and is 101 under par in all competitive rounds in the Aloha State since 2011.
  • Troy Merritt will begin the final round tied for third, three shots back and in search of his first career win. Merritt's best finish came at last year's FedEx St. Jude Classic, where he finished second.
  • Tim Clark (-12) is once again contending at Waialae. Clark was a runner-up in both 2011 and 2013, and the South African finds himself four shots off the pace.