Former Bear Jimmy Walker Getting Back Into the Swing of Things


Former Baylor golfer, Jimmy Walker, feels healthy again as he gets set to open the Valero Texas Open, Thursday in San Antonio.

Walker battled Lyme Disease through much of the 2017 season, and even dealt with some after-effects in 2018, which held him back, at times.

“Being sick the last two years — especially that first year, and into the next year I just felt like I couldn’t practice that much,” he said. “All I had was enough to just get up and go to the golf course and play in tournaments. I’ve always been kind of a player that practiced a lot, and I had to work at it to be good and get good. I put in a lot of time when I got inside the top 20, and I just haven’t been able to do that.”

Walker said he’s back to a full schedule and The Boerne resident is looking forward to playing host this week for his home town tournament.

“I’ve always enjoyed being at home and staying at home sleeping in your own bed, you’ve got friends and family out and it’s just a nice vibe,” he said. “I don’t see why anybody really wouldn’t like it. I try not to take it too different. We host a party every Tuesday night and take care of the Titleist guys, everybody from the truck and on staff on Tour comes to the house. This year I’m cooking for everybody and so we have a good time and always look forward to that.”

Walker tees off at 7:50 on Thursday morning on the 10th tee of The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

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