Walker embraces media frenzy after red-hot start to season

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Just six months ago, Jimmy Walker commanded very little attention from the average PGA Tour fan as he toiled away almost anonymously as a journeyman on the highly competitive U.S. circuit.

Fast forward to this week`s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, and the long-hitting American is generating plenty of buzz, both inside and outside the ropes, as he bids for a fourth victory in the new ‘wraparound’ 2013-14 season.

“I can feel it, I can hear it,” Walker told reporters after recording birdies on his last three holes for a four-under-par 67 to sit just one stroke off the lead in Thursday’s unfinished opening round.

“It’s different. It just is. It’s really fun to have everybody watch last week and say, ‘Good job’ and ‘Way to win’ and ‘Keep it going.’ It’s fun.”