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The Walker Cup

From Tommy Fleetwood to Justin Rose, the Walker Cup has witnessed many stars of the game, and selection to play in the historic match is often regarded as the highlight of an amateur’s career.

Teams consisting of the leading amateur players from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States go head-to-head biennially for the chance to get their hands on the famous trophy.

For live scoring, player and course information and all the latest news you can visit the official Walker Cup website.

Match Overview

2021 Walker Cup Winners

United States of America

The USA Team capitalised on home soil advantage to capture the Walker Cup Match for the 38th time over Great Britain & Ireland at Seminole Golf Club, Florida.

2023 MATCH

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St Andrews (Scotland) 
September 2023

The Old Course, St Andrews will host the 49th Walker Cup in September 2023.

The oldest and most iconic golf course in the world. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status it remains a public golf course, open to all.

The Old Course at St Andrews is considered by many to be the "home of golf" because the sport was first played on the Links at St Andrews in the early 15th century.

The Open has been staged at the Old Course at St Andrews 29 times and will host the Walker Cup in 2023 for the first time since 1975.

FORMAT

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Format

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.

HISTORY

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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, Walker 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, 36-9-1.

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