2017 Walker Cup Winners
The United States won the 46th Walker Cup by defeating Great Britain and Ireland at Los Angeles Country Club, regaining the trophy. John ‘Spider’ Miller watched his talented USA side produce a 19-7 victory where three American players, Maverick McNealy, Doug Ghim and Collin Morikawa went 4-0, a feat that had never before been achieved in a single Match.
7-8 September 2019
The 47th Walker Cup match between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States will be played at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in the 150th year of the club’s existence.
Built on the racecourse of the Liverpool Hunt Club in 1869, it is England’s oldest links course and it retained a dual role as horse racing venue and golf course for the first few years of its life.
Robert Chambers and George Morris were commissioned to lay out the original Hoylake course, which was extended to 18 holes in 1871. This was also the year in which the Club was granted its Royal designation.
Hoylake was the venue for a match between the USA and Great Britain in 1921 and the following year the first official Walker Cup match was played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York.
Hoylake has a prestigious history of hosting championships and international matches. It has hosted The Open on twelve occasions, most recently in 2014 when Rory McIlroy became Champion Golfer of the Year for the first time. It has also staged The Amateur Championship eighteen times, the Women’s British Open in 2012 and the Curtis Cup in 1992.
A total of 26 matches will be played during the two-day competition. Two different forms of match play are used in the competition; singles and foursomes (alternate shot). Four foursomes and eight singles matches are played on the first day of the competition. On the second and final day of the competition there are again four foursome matches but there are two additional single matches, so that all team members play in the final session of the competition.
Foursomes is an alternate shot format where two players, who pair up as partners, represent each team and alternately play one ball. One player from each side will play from the teeing ground of the odd number holes and his partner will play the tee shots on the even number holes. During play of the hole, the partners alternate play of their ball into the hole.
The Walker Cup began after an unofficial match was contested between two leading amateur golf teams from Great Britain and the United States at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in 1921. The idea for the Walker Cup grew from a focus to stimulate golf interest on both sides of the Atlantic following World War 1. After the USGA Executive Committee, including 1920 President George Herbert Walker, had been invited to Great Britain for a series of meetings with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews Rules Committee to look at the advisability of modifying various rules of the game, discussions developed further.
After returning to the United States, international team matches were discussed and the idea so appealed to Walker that he soon presented a plan and offered to donate a trophy. Mr. Walker had been a low handicap player and was a keen advocate of the game and when the press dubbed the trophy the Walker Cup, the name stuck. In 1921, the USGA invited all golfing nations to send teams to compete for the cup, but no country was able to accept that year. The Americans stuck to their mission, however, and William C. Fownes, the 1910 U.S. Amateur champion, who had twice assembled the amateur teams that played in earlier international matches against Canada, rounded up a third team in the spring of 1921 and travelled to Hoylake.
And in early in 1922, The R&A announced that it would send a team to compete for the Walker Cup at the National Golf Links of America, Mr. Walker's home club, in Southampton, N.Y. Until recent years, the United States dominated the series, but the number of American victories never clouded the true purpose of the Walker Cup Match. A much higher value has been placed upon the series as a medium of international friendship and understanding between the R & A and the USGA. The United States leads the series, 33-7-1.