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Walker fires 67 but warns of wind gusts on No. 17


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmy Walker has posted the round of the day at TPC Sawgrass, a closing 5-under 67 that was marred by a gust of wind at the penultimate hole that may be a sign of what awaits Sunday’s late finishers at The Players Championship.

From 124 yards in swirling winds, Walker hit a pitching wedge at the infamous 17th hole that ran over the green and into the water.

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“I'm standing there and the wind was blowing right in my face, and as soon as I made contact, it switched and it carried,” said Walker, who was tied for 16th when he walked off the course at 6 under.

“I had (9-iron), and I went back to wedge because I wanted to hit wedge. I wanted the wedge shot. I was pretty sure it was a 9 but I wanted to hit the wedge, and I hit the wedge and the wind switched and two-hopped it in the drink.”

Seven of 43 attempts at the island green have gone in the water midway through Sunday’s closing round as the winds continued to build.

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