Jimmy Walker's Colonial diary: Day 2
FORT WORTH, Texas -- PGA Tour golfer Jimmy Walker has volunteered to chat with us each day about his round, the Fort Worth scene and his life in general. On Thursday, the San Antonio resident shot a 2-over-par 72 in the opening round of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. It wasn't a typical post-round scene. Minutes after his par on No. 18, Walker was transported to a remote location on the course for a random drug test. His thoughts:
Q: When did you learn you were going to be drug tested and what do you think of drug tests in golf?
JW: I signed my scorecard, came back outside and they told me. I don't know how much time we have, but I always take off right away. Golf is a game of honor and I don't think we have a drug problem in our sport, but I guess we're doing what our people think we needed to do. I didn't play well today and it was the last thing I wanted to do.
Q: You've been having back problems. How did it feel today?
A: It's fine. I mean, it's sore and it hurts, but that's the way it is. It is up to me to buck up and do it. The problem is I can't hit a lot of balls after my round. I haven't been able to for over a month. The most trouble is with the longer clubs down to the mid-irons.
Q: How was your round? You had a good start.
JW: Just a bummer. I didn't think I played well. I hit a couple of good drives early and was two-under after three. But I short-sided myself on No. 4 and made a bogey. On No. 6, my ball hopped out of a bunker and into the rough. I had to stand in the bunker and hit a terrible shot and made another bogey.
Q: Did you hear from any Baylor fans today?
JW: Yeah, there were a few. They're golf fans. I made three straight bogeys when they caught me and I'm sorry they had to see that. They said, 'Sic 'em,' but I felt like the bear was eating me today.
Q: How long does it take to shake off the disappointment?
JW: It takes a little longer now because I've had several other rounds like this. I'd say a couple of hours to get it out of my mind.
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Q: Do you ever get angry out there?
JW: I try not too, but I think everybody does. Some show it more than others. I try to keep in mind that people pay money to see me play. But there are good days and bad days, just like in any profession. It is hard to look like you're on top of the world all the time.
Q: Do you have dinner plans for tonight?
JW: I've actually thought about driving the two hours to Tyler. [His wife is showing horses there.] I'm not sure if I will or not. I have an afternoon tee time on Friday.
Q: Have you thought about what kind of score you'll need to shoot on Friday to be here for the weekend?
JW: I was hoping I wouldn't have to worry about it. But I've got to think about it now. It's going to take four or five under.
Randy Jennings covers golf for ESPNDallas.com.