Walker Named Nationwide Tour Player of the Year

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Nationwide TourPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Jimmy Walker, a two-time winner this season, was named the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year on Saturday. He received the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in a vote of the tour's membership.
 
'It's a great honor to be named Player of the Year,' said Walker. 'When you look at the previous winners and see the great things they've accomplished, you know this a special honor. What makes it really special is to play all year with a bunch of guys and have them recognize you. It makes me feel really good to be recognized by my peers.'
 
Walker opened the season with a victory at the Panama Championship, then came back and won the first event in America, the Louisiana Open. He also tied for second at the Boise Open and Virginia Beach Open en route to the Nationwide Tour money title.
 
In addition to the money title, Walker finished in the top-10 in driving distance, putting average, scoring average and all-around ranking.
 
Walker will be fully exempted on the PGA Tour in 2005 by virtue of winning the money title. He was the 15th golfer to win Nationwide Tour Player of the Year and 10 of the previous 14 won on the PGA Tour, including last year's recipient Zach Johnson. Johnson, a PGA Tour rookie, captured this year's BellSouth Classic.