Match Format

The Walker Cup is a two day golf match played between 10 man teams of amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) and the United States of America (USA).

On both days there are four foursome matches in the morning followed by a series of singles in the afternoon; eight on Day 1 and ten on Day 2.

The respective Team Captain’s submit their foursomes and singles line ups together the night before each day’s play.

As there is a total of 26 points available a team must secure at least 13.5 points to win the match outright. The team holding the cup can retain it by winning 13 points.

Format Changes

2009 – Ten singles were introduced on Day 2, therefore ensuring every team member has to play. This was the first format change in 46 years*.

1971 – Half points for halved games started to be awarded. Previously halved games were ignored but following the move to 18 holes in 1963 they inevitably became more frequent. Here is a list of the number of halved games prior to 1971: 1923 – 1, 1926 – 1, 1932 – 3, 1934 -1, 1936 – 3, 1938 – 1, 1951 – 3, 1957 – 1, 1963 – 4, 1965 – 2, 1967 – 4, 1969 – 6.

1963 – All games were reduced to 18 holes allowing 4 foursomes and 8 singles to be played on both competition days.

1926 – After the first three matches were played annually a move to a biennial contest was agreed. The cost and time, incurred largely by the players in the 1920’s, simply proved too great for many to absorb.

1922 – The original format consisted of 4 foursomes on Day 1 and 8 singles on Day 2.  All games being played over 36 holes with points only being awarded for outright victories.

*Heavy rain ahead of the 1993 match saw a revised format adopted to make up for lost time on the morning of Day 1. 10 singles were played on the afternoon of Day 1 with four foursomes and another 10 singles on Day 2.


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