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Walker takes Texas Open

AMERICAN Jimmy Walker is the first two-time winner on the US PGA Tour this year after clinching the Texas Open title.

JIMMY Walker has won his hometown Texas Open, becoming the first two-time winner on the US PGA Tour this season.

Walker shot a final round two-under-par 70 to win by four strokes from young gun Jordan Spieth (70) at 11-under 277 at TPC San Antonio, a 35-minute drive from his home.

The former Baylor University player won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots in January and has now had five victories in the past two seasons, having previously played the tour for nine years without a title.

Coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago at Innisbrook, 21-year-old fellow Texan Spieth surged home with four late birdies for a 70 to be three clear of third-placed Billy Horschel (71).

Cameron Percy was the leading Australian, tied 15th at one-over after a 69, one shot ahead of Aaron Baddeley (75) with Matt Jones (75) a further shot back.

Walker, who snapped a streak of 10 tour third round leaders that had failed to win, will take practice rounds for the Masters at Augusta National on Monday and Tuesday.

"I like Augusta," Walker said. "All this adds momentum and confidence. It's what we're constantly building toward."

Spieth will rise from sixth to fourth in the world rankings out on Monday, trailing only world No.1 Rory McIlroy, Swedish world No.2 Henrik Stenson and defending Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Spieth has had eight top-seven finishes in his past 10 worldwide starts which included victory at the Australian Open.


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