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Jimmy Walker reacts to his birdie putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., Sunday, July 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Jimmy Walker wins PGA Championship



Jimmy Walker captured his first PGA title Sunday, becoming the fifth consecutive first-time major winner, according to ESPN. 

Walker shot a bogey-free, 3-under-par 67 to win the championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, New Jersey. 

The 37-year-old Texan was up against two of the world's top five players: Jason Day and Henrik Stenson.  

Walker, however, led the tournament from Thursday to Sunday. 

Walker tightened his grip on the title after the third round with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11. That gave him a two-shot lead over defending champion, Day. 

Walker's big win comes at a somewhat unexpected time. He struggled early on in the 2016 season, falling from a high of 10th in the world golf rankings to 48th just before the PGA Championship, according to SB Nation. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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