Walker Cup

The Walker Cup Match is a biennial match-play contest played between two 10-man amateur teams from the United States of America and Great Britain & Ireland. Organized by the R&A and USGA, the event is played alternatively on either side of The Atlantic, with each competition played over two days of foursomes and singles matches.

The first edition of The Walker Cup was held at the National Golf Links of America in 1922 and, until 1961, games were played over 36 holes; four foursomes on the first day and eight singles on the second day.

Thereafter, the format changed to 18-hole ties, allowing four foursomes in the morning and eight singles in the afternoon on both days. Since 2009, ten singles are played on the second day, guaranteeing all team members at least one match.

Walker Cup

The trophy is named after George Herbert Walker, who was president of the USGA in 1920 when thoughts of organising the tournament were first raised. Walker was the maternal grandfather of President George H. W. Bush and therefor great grandfather of President George W. Bush. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Walker was educated in England and the US before starting a banking and investment firm in 1900, from where he developed many useful contacts, both in and out of golf.

The players with most appearances on either team are Joe Carr of GB&I, who played in ten events between 1947 and 1967, and Jay Seigel of the USA, who represented his country nine times from 1977 to 1993.

The largest winning margins are all in favour of the United States, who have dominated the competition right from the beginning, winning three out of every four tournaments ever played: Scott Hoch crushed James Buckley 9&7 over 18 holes at Muirf...

Walker Cup host courses

Baltimore (East)

1st Maryland - Best in Area 65th USA Ranking 74th North America Ranking

Although the club was inaugurated in 1898, the East course at Baltimore Country Club was designed by the great genius of golf course architecture, A.W. Tillinghast and it opened for play in 1926.

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Cypress Point

1st California - Best in Area 1st USA Ranking 1st North America Ranking 1st World Ranking

Cypress Point Club is set at the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains on the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula and the cliff top terrain is varied and thrilling.

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Ganton

1st Yorkshire - Best in Area 9th England Ranking 26th Britain & Ireland Ranking 77th World Ranking

This sandy, gently undulating site was once a North Sea inlet. Consequently, Ganton Golf Club has all the characteristics of a links and a heathland course.

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Interlachen

2nd Minnesota - Best in Area 80th USA Ranking 93rd North America Ranking

During the 1930 US Open at Interlachen Country Club, Bobby Jones skimmed his ball over the water on the 9th to make a birdie which went a long way to ensuring he achieved the "Grand Slam".

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Kittansett

7th Massachusetts - Best in Area 73rd USA Ranking 84th North America Ranking

The Kittansett Club is situated at the end of Butler Point which extends into Buzzards Bay. Its location offers spectacular views and challenging shot making in the ever-changing wind.

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Los Angeles (North)

3rd California - Best in Area 14th USA Ranking 14th North America Ranking 25th World Ranking

The location for the Los Angeles Country Club makes it possibly one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world. It’s therefore fitting therefore that North course does full justice to the land...

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Milwaukee

2nd Wisconsin - Best in Area 59th USA Ranking 68th North America Ranking

Golf in Wisconsin dates back to circa 1890 and the Milwaukee Country Club is one of the oldest in the State. The current Milwaukee layout was fashioned by the hand of Charles Hugh Alison in 1929.

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Walker Cup Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 33
2 Joseph Andriole Courses Played 32
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 32
= Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 32
5 Mark White Courses Played 31
= James Gold Courses Played 31
7 Paul Jones Courses Played 30
8 Joshua Asher Courses Played 28
9 Brian Courses Played 27
10 David Davis Courses Played 26