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The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested in odd-numbered years by leading amateur golfers in two teams: United States, and Great Britain and Ireland. The official name is the Walker Cup Match (not "Matches" as in Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
Matches). It is organised by The R&A and the United States
United States
Golf
Golf
Association (USGA). In 1921 the Royal Liverpool Golf
Golf
Club hosted an unofficial contest which was followed by official annual contests from 1922 through 1924. From 1925 they became biennial, held on even-number years. After World War Two they switched to odd-numbered years. They are held alternately in the U.S., and Ireland
Ireland
or Britain. The cup is named after George Herbert Walker
George Herbert Walker
who was president of the USGA in 1920 when the match was initiated. Walker is the grandfather and namesake of George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
and great-grandfather of George W. Bush, the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States, respectively. Unlike the Ryder Cup, which similarly began as a competition between the U.S. and the United Kingdom, the Walker Cup has never been expanded to include all European amateur golfers who would otherwise be eligible. As of 2017, the U.S. lead the Walker Cup series 36 to 9, with one match tied, but the two teams have been evenly matched since 1989 when the Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland
Ireland
team ended the U.S. team's eight-match winning run. The 1989 match and the three matches from 2003 to 2007 were all decided by a single point.

Contents

1 Founding of the Cup

1.1 Hoylake 1921

2 Format 3 Results 4 Future sites 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Founding of the Cup[edit] Hoylake 1921[edit] A team of American amateur golfers travelled in Britain in 1921, their objective being to win The Amateur Championship
The Amateur Championship
at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake). A match between American and British amateur golfers was played on May 21, immediately before The Amateur Championship. This match was announced in The Times on May 10. The Times reports that the match was arranged by Gershom Stewart M.P., Chairman of Royal Liverpool Golf
Golf
Club.[1] The British team was: Tommy Armour, Colin Aylmer, Ernest Holderness, James Jenkins, Reymond de Montmorency, Gordon Simpson, Cyril Tolley and Roger Wethered. The American team was Chick Evans, William C. Fownes Jr. (Captain), Jesse P. Guilford, Paul Hunter, Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet, John Wood Platt, Frederick J. Wright. The Americans won the match 9–3.[2] Format[edit] The Walker Cup employs a combination of foursomes (alternate-shot) and singles competition and was originally the format used for the professional equivalent Ryder Cup. Up to 1961, 36 holes matches were played: four foursomes on the first day and eight singles matches on the second day. From 1963, 18 hole matches were played, with four foursomes and eight singles matches on each day. In 2009, the number of singles matches on the second day was increased to 10, so that all members of the team play on this final afternoon.[3] Results[edit] Half points for halved matches were first awarded in 1971. Note that in the following table, half points for halved matches are included in the total scores prior to 1971 for consistency with later years. The following scores include halved matches: 1923: 1, 1926: 1, 1932: 3, 1934: 1, 1936: 3, 1938: 1, 1951: 3, 1957: 1, 1963: 4, 1965: 2, 1967: 4, 1969: 6 Source:[4][5][6]

Year Venue Winning team Score Losing team Captains

2017 Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Country Club  United States 19 7   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Spider Miller  Andy Ingram

2015 Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 16½ 9½  United States  Spider Miller  Nigel Edwards

2013 National Golf
Golf
Links of America  United States 17 9   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jim Holtgrieve  Nigel Edwards

2011 Royal Aberdeen Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 14 12  United States  Jim Holtgrieve  Nigel Edwards

2009 Merion Golf
Golf
Club  United States 16½ 9½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Buddy Marucci  Colin Dalgleish

2007 Royal County Down Golf
Golf
Club  United States 12½ 11½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Buddy Marucci  Colin Dalgleish

2005 Chicago Golf
Golf
Club  United States 12½ 11½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Bob Lewis  Garth McGimpsey

2003 Ganton Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 12½ 11½  United States  Bob Lewis  Garth McGimpsey

2001 Ocean Forest Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 15 9  United States  Danny Yates  Peter McEvoy

1999 Nairn Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 15 9  United States  Danny Yates  Peter McEvoy

1997 Quaker Ridge Golf
Golf
Club  United States 18 6   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Downing Gray  Clive Brown

1995 Royal Porthcawl Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 14 10  United States  Downing Gray  Clive Brown

1993 Interlachen Country Club  United States 19 5   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Vinny Giles  George Macgregor

1991 Portmarnock Golf
Golf
Club  United States 14 10   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jim Gabrielsen  George Macgregor

1989 Peachtree Golf
Golf
Club   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 12½ 11½  United States  Fred Ridley  Geoffrey Marks

1987 Sunningdale Golf
Golf
Club  United States 16½ 7½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Fred Ridley  Geoffrey Marks

1985 Pine Valley Golf
Golf
Club  United States 13 11   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jay Sigel  Charlie Green

1983 Royal Liverpool Golf
Golf
Club  United States 13½ 10½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jay Sigel  Charlie Green

1981 Cypress Point Club  United States 15 9   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jim Gabrielsen  Rodney Foster

1979 Muirfield  United States 15½ 8½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Dick Siderowf  Rodney Foster

1977 Shinnecock Hills Golf
Golf
Club  United States 16 8   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Lewis Oehmig  Sandy Saddler

1975 Old Course at St Andrews  United States 15½ 8½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Ed Updegraff  David Marsh

1973 The Country Club  United States 14 10   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jess Sweetser  David Marsh

1971 Old Course at St Andrews   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 13 11  United States  John M. Winters  Michael Bonallack

1969 Milwaukee Country Club  United States 13 11   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Billy Joe Patton  Michael Bonallack

1967 Royal St George's Golf
Golf
Club  United States 15 9   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jess Sweetser  Joe Carr

1965 Baltimore Country Club  United States 12 12   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  John Fischer  Joe Carr

1963 Turnberry  United States 14 10   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Richard Tufts  Charles D. Lawrie

1961 Seattle Golf
Golf
Club  United States 11 1   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Jack Westland  Charles D. Lawrie

1959 Muirfield  United States 9 3   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Charles Coe  Gerald Micklem

1957 The Minikahda Club  United States 8½ 3½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Charles Coe  Gerald Micklem

1955 Old Course at St Andrews  United States 10 2   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  William C. Campbell  Alec Hill

1953 The Kittansett Club  United States 9 3   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Charlie Yates  Tony Duncan

1951 Royal Birkdale Golf
Golf
Club  United States 7½ 4½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Willie Turnesa  Raymond Oppenheimer

1949 Winged Foot Golf
Golf
Club  United States 10 2   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Francis Ouimet  Percy Lucas

1947 Old Course at St Andrews  United States 8 4   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Francis Ouimet  John Beck

1940-46: Not held due to World War II

1940 Town & Country Club 1940 event was awarded to The Town & Country Club of St. Paul, Minnesota but the matches were canceled one month prior due to World War II

1938 Old Course at St Andrews   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland 7½ 4½  United States  Francis Ouimet  John Beck

1936 Pine Valley Golf
Golf
Club  United States 10½ 1½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Francis Ouimet  William Tweddell

1934 Old Course at St Andrews  United States 9½ 2½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Francis Ouimet  Michael Scott

1932 The Country Club  United States 9½ 2½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Francis Ouimet  Tony Torrance

1930 Royal St George's Golf
Golf
Club  United States 10 2   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Bobby Jones  Roger Wethered

1928 Chicago Golf
Golf
Club  United States 11 1   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Bobby Jones  William Tweddell

1926 Old Course at St Andrews  United States 6½ 5½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Robert A. Gardner  Robert Harris

1924 Garden City Golf
Golf
Club  United States 9 3   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Robert A. Gardner  Cyril Tolley

1923 Old Course at St Andrews  United States 6½ 5½   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  Robert A. Gardner  Robert Harris

1922 National Golf
Golf
Links of America  United States 8 4   Great Britain
Great Britain
&  Ireland  William C. Fownes Jr.  Robert Harris

Of the 46 matches, USA has won 36 matches, Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland have won 9 with 1 match tied. Future sites[edit]

2019 – Royal Liverpool Golf
Golf
Club (Merseyside, England),[7] September 7–8 2021 – Seminole Golf
Golf
Club (Juno Beach, Florida), May 8–9 2023 – Old Course at St Andrews
Old Course at St Andrews
(St Andrews, Fife, Scotland) 2025 – Cypress Point Club (Pebble Beach, California),[8] September 6–7

See also[edit]

List of American Walker Cup golfers List of Great Britain
Great Britain
and Ireland
Ireland
Walker Cup golfers

References[edit]

^ "The "Invasion" Begins – American Golfers at Liverpool". The Times. 10 May 1921. p. 10.  ^ " Golf
Golf
at Hoylake". The Times. 23 May 1921. p. 4.  ^ "New Format Twist: Sunday Singles Matches Increase By Two - 2009 Walker Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved September 6, 2013.  ^ " Walker Cup results". USGA. Retrieved September 5, 2013.  ^ " Walker Cup Match September 10-11, 2011" (PDF). USGA. Retrieved September 5, 2013.  ^ " Walker Cup - History". R&A. Retrieved September 7, 2013.  ^ "Royal Liverpool to host 2019 Walker Cup". R&A. Retrieved September 5, 2013.  ^ "Coast to Coast: Seminole, Cypress Point to Host Future Walker Cups". USGA. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official site

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