Leading the FedEx and looking like a certainty for his first Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles this year, you could understand if Jimmy Walker had stayed at home this week ready for the British Open at Royal Liverpool instead of a trudge round Royal Aberdeen in all weather for the European Tour Scottish Open.
Walker’s only previous experience of links golf was last year’s British Open at Murifield which included a practise round at neighbouring Archerifield. The long wait for a spot at the British Open was short lived however as he missed the cut by one but it clearly left an impression on the 35 year old as he tried to adapt to the different attributes required for links golf.
Talking exclusively to the Scottish Golf Podcast Walker revealed how he has enjoyed the challenge of links golf, admitting patience is very much needed on Scotland’s links courses, “I learned a lot from Muirfield last year and on Friday of that tournament I really never played in conditions like it with fast, hard fairways and a very strong wind. Playing at Aberdeen this week gives me another crack at this style of golf which I am looking forward to.”
Walker admitted that his inaugural appearance at the 2014 Scottish Open was a vindicated one and that it has ultimately served it’s purpose in allowing him to adapt to links golf in preparation for Hoylake next week. A keen astro-photographer, Jimmy will have his eyes firmly fixed to links golf and mastering the art. That for one is commendable and sensible given our long summer nights.