It’s time for one of the biggest men’s amateur competitions in the world, the Walker Cup.
The 49th Walker Cup is set for 2.-3. September at the Old Course in St. Andrews. The Walker Cup is a 10-man amateur team competition between the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The Old Course has hosted eight previous Walker Cups, more than any other venue, most recently in 1975 when the USA defeated GB&I 15½-8½.
USA leads the all-time series over GB&I, 38-9-1.
Here’s everything you need to know for the 2023 Walker Cup.
Meeting point: Old Course at St. Andrews
Opened: 15th century
Architect: Original architect unknown (renovations by Daw Anderson in 1850s; Old Tom Morris 1865-1908)
Yardage: 7,297 yards, par 72
Team selection: The USGA selects the USA team, while The R&A chooses the GB&I side.
Series record: USA leads 38-9-1
Captains: Michael McCoy (USA); Stuart Wilson (GB&I)
Score: A full point is awarded for each win, while half a point is earned for matches that are all square after 18 holes. USA need 13 points to retain the Cup, while GB&I require 13½ points to regain it.
Friday, Sept. 1: Opening ceremony
Saturday, Sept. 2: Four morning foursomes followed by eight singles matches
Sunday 3 September: Four morning foursomes followed by 10 singles matches, followed by closing ceremony
What does the winning team receive?
Custody of the Walker Cup for two years.
The trophy is named after George Herbert Walker, who was president of the USGA in 1920 when the match was initiated. Walker is the grandfather and namesake of George HW Bush and the great-grandfather of George W. Bush, the 41st and 43rd Presidents of the United States, respectively.
TV, streaming information
Saturday, Sept. 2
8:30am-2:00pm ET (Golf Channel)
Sunday, Sept. 3
8am-2pm ET (Golf Channel)