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07/31/2016 07:38 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2016

American Jimmy Walker Wins PGA Championship

Jimmy Walker reacts to his birdie putt on the 11th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bal
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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)

SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker relied on clutch putting to clinch his first major title by one shot over Jason Day after a marathon day to conclude the weather-interrupted PGA Championship at soggy Baltusrol on Sunday.

Walker, among 49 players who did not finish the third round on Saturday due to heavy rain and lightning, and among 10 who had not hit a single shot, carded a three-under-par 67 in the final round to post a 14-under total.

One stroke ahead of world number one and defending champion Day when the third round was completed, the bearded Walker tightened his grip on the title with birdies at the 10th and 11th before adding another at the 17th.

He secured victory by sinking a three-footer for par at the last.

Australian Day had to settle for second place at 13 under after applying late pressure on Walkerby sinking a 14-foot eagle putt at the par-five last for a 67.

 

(Reporting by Larry Fine; Editing by Andrew Both)

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