PEBBLE BEACH, Calf. — The 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is Jimmy Walker's to lose, and for a guy who doesn't seem to know how to make a bogey, losing could be a tough thing to do.
Walker, the 35-year-old Texan who has burst into the world golf spotlight after nine rather non-descript years on the PGA Tour, has made precisely one bogey in 54 holes over three days traversing the three Monterey Peninsula AT&T courses.
Oh, and he's also rolled in 14 birdies.
That would be worth a standing ovation under any circumstances, but considering the punishing weather conditions that have made scoring exceeding tough along the Pacific Ocean the past two days, it's nothing short of unbelievable.
Walker, who already has two victories this year after not winning on Tour in his first 187 starts, shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday at Monterey Peninsula Country Club and leads by six shots heading into Sunday's final round at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Walker is at 13-under 202 for the first three days and he's a touchdown up on Tim Wilkinson, who shot 2-under 69 at MPCC, and Hunter Mahan, who shot an even-par 71 at the same course. Ryan Palmer and Richard Lee are seven strokes back, while Phil Mickelson was part of a large pack eight behind.
Interestingly, Walker's lead is the largest after three rounds since Mickelson led by seven shots after 54 holes in 2005.