Jimmy Walker's Colonial diary: Day 5

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. The Baylor product finished with a 2-over 72. After previous rounds of 72, 67 and 71, Walker was at 2-over 282 for the tournament, tied with Anthony Kim and Chris DiMarco, among others. His thoughts:

Q: How did it go today?

JW: I'm not excited about the way I played. It wasn't a great round. But my back felt better than it has in two months. And I am really excited about that. The exercises I started doing a couple of days ago are working. My back is getting better every day, and today I had no pain at all. That makes this week a success, no matter what happened on the course.

Q: Was your putting better today?

JW: I figured something out at No. 13, a little something in the stroke that's hard to describe. But it was something I was doing earlier in the year that I forgot about. I rolled the ball a lot better the last few holes and that has me excited, too.

Q: Is making a birdie on the toughest hole on the course any satisfaction today?

JW: Yeah, No. 5. I made a long putt after a really nice tee shot. That was good. But I gave up a couple with a double-bogey on No. 10. My tee shot was right and I had to punch out. My third shot was in the bunker on the left side and I left it in the bunker on my fourth shot. I bogeyed the last hole, too. I thought I hit a good second shot, but it caught the bunker.

Q: After your early finish on Saturday, how did the rest of the day go?

JW: My dad came up from San Antonio and we had lunch, but he drove back after we ate. My wife is in Tyler for a horse show and we talked about her coming here on Saturday. But she wound up staying there. It was a pretty quiet night. I ordered Chinese food and stayed in. It had been a pretty short night on Friday with our late finish and Saturday's early tee time, so I just rested.

Q: What did you learn with your first experience at Colonial this week?

JW: I like the course. It is a good, old-school course like I played growing up in San Antonio. I'm eager to play it next year. Experience here is valuable. You learn the places you can't miss greens. It seemed like every time I missed a green, it was in the wrong place.

Q: Are you planning to play the HP Byron Nelson next week?

JW: Yes, I will. It is a special tournament for me. It was my first Tour event 10 years ago, in 2001. I Monday qualified my senior year at Baylor. It is also one of the top tournaments for charity, and I think that's great.

Q: What is your schedule now?

JW: I'll take the day off Monday. I won't even have my bag. I'm leaving it with my caddie. I'm going to drive to Tyler this afternoon and meet my wife. I'm not sure when we'll drive back, probably sometime on Monday. Another reason I'm excited about an extra week in the area is more time for treatment on my back.

Randy Jennings covers golf for ESPNDallas.com.