Thursday, December 22, 2005

Walker Set for Early Return

San Antonio's Jimmy Walker, the 2004 Nationwide Tour money leader, is set to return earlier than expected from the medical woes that derailed his rookie season on the PGA Tour.

Walker will tee it up in Hawaii at the Sony Open, the first full-field tournament on the 2006 PGA Tour Schedule, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Walker missed the majority of the 2005 season after injuring his neck at last year's Sony Open. He never recovered, playing just nine events. Walker applied for and was granted a medical exemption for 2006.

The paper reported:

The medical exemption requires that in addition to that 2005 total, he earns another $470,886 and matches the $626,736 earnings of the player ranked 125th on the 2005 money list, Nick Price. If he accomplishes that through exemptions in 20 events, he would play his way out of major medical category and regain full tour playing privileges.

"I know what I can do over the course of a year," Walker said. "Staying healthy is going to be the trick."


  1. Wow, that is an incredible challenge for the man to do. That is a total of the two amounts just to get out of the medical thing?

  2. Yes, he gets 20 medical exemptions into tournaments, and if he matches the money earned by last year's 125th-ranked player on the money list in those 20 events, then he regains full privileges. If not, he can still finish in the Top 125 by also getting into additional tournaments (which shouldn't be a problem, assuming he remains healthy).


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