Ferguson: Jimmy Walker steps away, LIV gives him path back

FILE - United States' Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker, left, celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup golf tournament on Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. Walker wasn't expecting to play on the PGA Tour this 2022 season until nine players signed with LIV Golf, creating an exemption for Walker through a career money list.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Jimmy Walker quietly stepped away from the PGA Tour in April, not sure whether it was lingering effects of Lyme disease or mounting frustration — probably both — that led to the decision. He just knew he needed to get away for the rest of the year, maybe two, maybe longer.

And then LIV Golf came along.

The Saudi riches didn't land at his door in San Antonio, and Walker isn't sure he would have been interested. "History is powerful and it's what that doesn't have yet," he said.

Walker watched from the sidelines, not begrudging anyone who chose to go to the rival league. What he didn't realize was that for each player who signed up for LIV Golf -- and was suspended by or resigned from the PGA Tour -- it only helped him.