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Jan132014

Who Knew? Jimmy Walker, Accomplished Astrophotographer

We golf scribes get excited when a player turns out to have an interest beyond football and Chipotle, so I was thrilled to read about Sony Open winner Jimmy Walker's passion.

Turns out he's an accomplished astrophotographer, and John Strege explains exactly what that is and where you can see Walker's photography work.

And in a reverse SI curse, Alan Shipnuck profiles Walker for this week's Golf Plus. Shipnuck includes a story about Walker's wife Erin intervening with Butch Harmon and this about the couple:

If Walker's motivation wanes, all he has to do is think about the expensive hobbies he and his wife pursue. He is a celebrated astro-photographer who has sunk some $50,000 into his gear, though he's delighted to have recently signed an endorsement deal with Celestron Telescopes. Erin keeps two horses and is a nationally ranked show jumper. "I bring home more trophies than he does," she woofs. In fact, she'll have her own shrine in the house the Walkers are building on nine acres outside of San Antonio. They expect to move in by March, which will cap a tumultuous year and a half that included a high-risk pregnancy that left Erin on bed rest for three months.

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Reader Comments (10)

They're good people. I'm happy with their success.
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
Me thinks there are a lot of good stories like Jimmy out on the tour, but golf writers only focus on winners and meeting their Tiger story quota. Until Walker won no writer bothered with his story.

At his gallery M104 is a cool pic.
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
Very cool. Quite talented outside of golf.

Just a minor nit: Mayhill, NM, not Mayfield, NM.
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Somebody oughta write a good long feature on Dickie Pride, that dude has an incredible story to tell. Heck, just his Tour School exploits could fill up 10-12 pages!

What a performance by Jimmy yesterday, I'm gonna be pulling for this guy the rest of the year...
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
`We golf scribes get excited when a player turns out to have an interest beyond football and Chipotle ...'

Ouch!
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty Apples
Really a guy to pull for, with a nice swing to boot. Happy for him!
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
I was wrong above. apparently Van Sickle wrote about Walker and his hobby in July. Apologies to Gary. I do think there are a lot more good unwritten stories on the tour.
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNo Longer
Of course there are good stories out there. There are also bad guys.
The band wagon crashes both directions, because bloggers and writers
these days are more National Enquirer than Jim Murray.
All Tiger all the time!!!
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterOf Course
They are great pictures.
I find these kind of stories extremely interesting.
01.13.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNado
What a cool thing when a guy gets an endorsement contract related to a passionate hobby. Maybe 2014 will be the year I finally close that deal with Leinenkugel's.

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