Tour Life

Walk­ing the Walk

Golf Digest (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY ERIN WALKER, WIFE OF PGA CHAM­PION JIMMY WALKER

How to beat the gal­leries.

Erin Walker, the wife of 2016 PGA Cham­pi­onship win­ner Jimmy Walker, has fol­lowed her hus­band for roughly 1,000 rounds. Here’s her ad­vice for get­ting the most out of a pro­fes­sional event: ••• Fol­low­ing Jimmy, I like to walk to the gen­eral area where his next shot will land. It’s less crowded than where he’s hit­ting from, es­pe­cially on tee shots, and I can still see his swing in the dis­tance. ••• Early morn­ing on Thurs­day or Fri­day is hard to beat. The crowds are smaller, and usu­ally no one is drink­ing (and yelling!) yet. It’s pure golf. ••• I put an em­pha­sis on dress­ing com­fort­ably. (That means NO heels.) If it’s muddy, I wear rain boots, but I usu­ally like walk­ing in flip-flops. Peo­ple look at me funny, but it’s a lot eas­ier to hose off feet than to wash sneak­ers. ••• Bring an um­brella in the sum­mer. It will def­i­nitely rain if you don’t! I al­ways have a rain jacket or layer piece with me, at least in the car. That way I can shed or add a layer at the turn. ••• Think­ing about bring­ing kids to a tour­na­ment? I’d sug­gest wait­ing un­til they’re at least 5. Even our kids (Mclain, 6, and Beck­ett, 4) didn’t come out un­til the 18th hole at Bal­tus­rol when Jimmy won the PGA. Short at­ten­tion spans and golf don’t mix.

I hope this helps you en­joy your next PGA Tour event. If Jimmy is play­ing, I’ll prob­a­bly see you there!

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