Walker Cup

Format and history of the USA vs. GB&I amateur men golf tournament

British captain John Beck (left) and American captain Francis Ouimet with the Walker Cup in 1938
British captain John Beck (left) and American captain Francis Ouimet with the Walker Cup in 1938. Fox Photos/Getty Images

The Walker Cup Match, as it is formally known, is played every other year by teams of amateur male golfers representing the United States and Great Britain & Ireland (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland). The USGA and the R&A cosanction the event; the USGA selects the U.S. team and the R&A selects the GB&I squad. There are 10 golfers on each team.

The Walker Cup has been officially played since 1922 and is named after George Herbert Walker, who presented the first plan for the competition and donated the trophy in 1920.

The U.S. leads the series, 36-9-1.

2019 Walker Cup

  • When: Sept. 7-8, 2019
  • Where: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England

2017 Walker Cup

  • Final Score: USA 19, Great Britain & Ireland 7
  • Dates: Sept. 9-10
  • Course: Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Captains: USA - John "Spider" Miller; GB&I - Andrew Ingram (Ingram replaced original captain Craig Watson, who had to withdrew due to a family emergency)

Day 1 Scores

Foursomes

  • Collin Morikawa/Norman Xiong, USA, def. Harry Ellis/Alfie Plant, GBI, 8 and 7
  • Connor Syme/Paul McBride, GBI, def. Doc Redman/Will Zalatoris, USA, 3 and 2
  • Scott Gregory/Jack Singh Brar, GBI, def. Scottie Scheffler/Cameron Champ, USA, 3 and 2
  • Maverick McNealy/Doug Ghim, USA, def. David Boote/Jack Davidson, GBI, 5 and 4

Singles

  • Braden Thornberry, USA, def. Harry Ellis, GBI, 2-up
  • Norman Xiong, USA, def. Connor Syme, GBI, 2 and 1
  • Jack Singh Brar, GBI, def. Stewart Hagestad, USA, 3 and 2
  • Collin Morikawa, USA, def. Paul McBride, GBI, 3 and 2
  • Will Zalatoris, USA, def. Matthew Jordan, GBI, 2-up
  • Robert MacIntyre, GBI, def. Cameron Champ, USA, 6 and 4
  • Doug Ghim, USA def. David Boote, GBI, 2 and 1
  • Maverick McNealy, USA, def. Scott Gregory, GBI, 3 and 1

Day 2 Scores

Foursomes

  • Norman Xiong/Collin Morikawa, USA, def. Connor Syme/Paul McBride, GBI, 2-up
  • Jack Singh Brar/Scott Gregory, GBI, def. Braden Thornberry/Doc Redman, USA, 2-up
  • Will Zalatoris/Cameron Champ, USA, def. David Boote/Jack Davidson, GBI, 6 and 5
  • Doug Ghim/Maverick McNeal, USA, def. Matthew Jordan/Robert McIntyre, GBI, 3 and 2

Singles

  • Stewart Hagestad, USA, def. Jack Singh Brar, GBI, 2 and 1
  • Scott Gregory, GBI, halved with Norman Xiong, USA
  • Scottie Scheffler, USA, def. Connor Syme, GBI, 1-up
  • Collin Morikawa, USA, def. Harry Ellis, GBI, 2 and 1
  • Braden Thornberry, USA, def. Paul McBride, GBI, 6 and 5
  • Doug Ghim, USA, def. Matthew Jordan, GBI, 3 and 1
  • Robert MacIntyre, GBI, halved with Cameron Champ, USA
  • Will Zalatoris, USA, def. Jack Davidson, GBI, 3 and 2
  • David Boote, GBI, def. Doc Redman, USA, 1-up
  • Maverick McNealy, USA, def. Alfie Plant, GBI, 4 and 2

2017 Team Rosters

  • Great Britain & Ireland: David Boote, 23, Walton Heath, Wales; Jack Davidson, 20, Llanwern, Wales; Harry Ellis, 21, Meon Valley, England; Scott Gregory, 22, Corhampton, England; Matthew Jordan, 21, Royal Liverpool, England; Paul McBride, 21, The Island, Ireland; Robert MacIntyre, 21, Glencruitten, Scotland; Alfie Plant, 25, Sundridge Park, England; Jack Singh Brar, 20, Remedy Oak, England; Connor Syme, 22, Drumoig, Scotland
  • United States: Cameron Champ, 21, Sacramento, Calif.; Doug Ghim, 21, Arlington Heights, Ill.; Stewart Hagestad, 26, Newport Beach, Calif.; Maverick McNealy, 21, Portola Valley, Calif.; Collin Morikawa, 20, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.; Doc Redman, 19, Raleigh, N.C.; Scottie Scheffler, 21, Dallas, Texas; Braden Thornberry, 20, Olive Branch, Miss.; Norman Xiong, 18, Canyon Lake, Calif.; Will Zalatoris, 21, Plano, Texas

Official Walker Cup Web site

Walker Cup Format

The Walker Cup Match is a two-day competition, split each day between foursomes (alternate shot) and singles play. On Day 1, four foursomes matches are played in the morning, followed by eight singles matches in the afternoon (which means that two of 10 team members are sitting out each session for each side). On Day 2, it's four morning foursomes followed by 10 afternoon singles.

Points are awarded to the winners of each match. Matches that are tied after completion of the 18th hole are halved, with each side receiving a half-point.

Future Sites

  • 2019: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Merseyside, England
  • 2021: Seminole Golf Club, Florida
  • 2023:  TBA
  • 2025: Cypress Point Club, California

Walker Cup Records

Overall Match Standings
U.S. leads GB&I, 35-8-1

Most Walker Cups Played

  • GB&I - 10, Joseph B. Carr (1947-49-51-53-55-57-59-61-63-67); 8, Michael Bonallack
  • U.S. - 9, Jay Sigel (1977-79-81-83-85-87-89-91-93); 8, Francis Ouimet

Largest Winning Margin, 18-Hole Match

  • Singles - 9 and 7, Scott Hoch, U.S., def. James Buckley, GB&I, 1979
  • Foursomes - 7 and 6, Bob Lewis Jr./Jim Holtgrieve, U.S., def. Malcolm Lewis/Martin Thompson, GB&I, 1983; Bryce Molder/David Eger, U.S., def. Steven O'Hara/Marc Warren, GB&I, 2001

Undefeated in Singles
(Minimum 4 matches)
Bobby Jones, U.S., 5-0-0
Luke Donald, GB&I, 4-0-0
Peter Uihlein, USA, 4-0-0
William C. Campbell, U.S., 7-0-1
Phil Mickelson, U.S., 3-0-1

Undefeated, Untied Overall (in Singles and Foursomes)
(Minimum 4 matches)
6-0 - E. Harvie Ward Jr., USA
5-0 - Donald Cherry, USA
4-0 - Paul Casey, GB&I; Danny Edwards, USA; Brad Elder, USA; John Fought, USA; Watts Gunn, USA; Scott Hoch, USA; Lindy Miller, USA; Jimmy Mullen, GB&I; Jack Nicklaus, USA; Andrew Oldcorn, GB&I; Skee Riegel, USA; Frank Taylor, USA; Sam Urzetta, USA; O.F. Willing, USA

Most Overall Wins
18 - Jay Sigel, U.S.
11 - William C. Campbell, U.S.
11 - Billy Joe Patton, U.S.

Walker Cup Trivia and Match Notes

  • Onetime USGA president George Herbert Walker, after whom the Walker Cup is named, was the grandfather of U.S. President George H.W. Bush, and the great-grandfather of U.S. President George W. Bush.
  • Two matches played between the U.S. and Canada in 1919 and 1920 served as the original inspiration for the Walker Cup. The USGA announced a competition in 1921 and invited all nations to send teams, but no other teams showed up.
  • The Walker Cup was first played in 1922 after the R&A announced it would send a team to compete against the Americans. After that, the competition was open only to U.S. and GB&I teams.
  • At the first Walker Cup in 1922, the GB&I team fell a player short due to illness. Famous golf writer Bernard Darwin, covering the event for The Times of London newspaper, hastily joined the GB&I team - and even won his singles match.
  • The U.S. won the first nine Walker Cups played. The GB&I team finally claimed its first victory in 1938, the 10th Walker Cup.
  • Bobby Jones was the captain of the U.S. side in 1928 and 1930, and Francis Ouimet captained every competition for the U.S. from 1932 through 1949.
  • The Old Course at St. Andrews has hosted the Walker Cup Match eight times (1923, 1926, 1934, 1938, 1947, 1955, 1971, 1975), by far the most times of any course.

Results of Walker Cup Matches

Here are the final scores of every Walker Cup match played:

2017 - United States 19, Great Britain & Ireland 7
2015 - Great Britain & Ireland 16.5, United States 9.5
2013 - United States 17, Great Britain & Ireland 9
2011 - Great Britain & Ireland 14, United States 12
2009 - United States 16.5, Great Britain & Ireland 9.5
2007 - United States 12.5, Great Britain & Ireland, 11.5
2005 - United States 12.5, Great Britain & Ireland 11.5
2003 - Great Britain & Ireland 12.5, United States 11.5
2001 - GB&I 15, USA 9
1999 - GB&I 15, USA 9
1997 - USA 18, GB&I 6
1995 - GB&I 14, USA 10
1993 - USA 19, GB&I 5
1991 - USA 14, GB&I 10
1989 - GB&I 12.5, USA 11.5
1987 - USA 16.5, GB&I 7.5
1985 - USA 13, GB&I 11
1983 - USA 13.5, GB&I 10.5
1981 - USA 15, GB&I 9
1979 - USA 15.5, GB&I 8.5
1977 - USA 16, GB&I 8
1975 - USA 15.5, GB&I 8.5
1973 - USA 14, GB&I 10
1971 - GB&I 13, USA 11
1969 - USA 10, GB&I 8
1967 - USA 13, GB&I 7
1965 - USA 11, GB&I 11, tie (U.S. retains Cup)
1963 - USA 12, GB&I 8
1961 - USA 11, GB&I 1
1959 - USA 9, GB&I 3
1957 - USA 8.5, GB&I 3.5
1955 - USA 10, GB&I 2
1953 - USA 9, GB&I 3
1951 - USA 7.5, GB&I 4.5
1949 - USA 10, GB&I 2
1947 - USA 8, GB&I 4
1938 - GB&I 7.5, USA 4.5
1936 - USA 10.5, GB&I 1.5
1934 - USA 9.5, GB&I 2.5
1932 - USA 9.5, GB&I 2.5
1930 - USA 10, GB&I 2
1928 - USA 11, GB&I 1
1926 - USA 6.5, GB&I 5.5
1924 - USA 9, GB&I 3
1923 - USA 6.5, GB&I 5.5
1922 - USA 8, GB&I 4