17th May 2023
The USGA’s International Team Selection Working Group (ITS) has this week confirmed the 2023 USA Walker Cup team’s selection timetable.
This process is in line with the USGA’s selection policy announcement of July 2018 which the ITS have followed for the last two matches.
The three highest ranked American players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) on 21st June 2023 will receive automatic selections onto the team.
As at 17th May 2023 the three eligible players under this category would be Gordon SARGENT #2, Michael THORBJORNSEN #3 and David FORD #4. All three attended the USA’s Squad practice session in Jupiter, Florida in December 2022.
If an automatic selection declines their spot it will be offered to the next ranked USA player on WAGR.
A second set of players, which I assume will be three to five in number, will be confirmed by the ITS in mid-to-late July.
The remaining players will then be announced immediately following the Final of the U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills C.C. in Colorado on 20th August. This is because the 2023 U.S. Amateur champion and the recipient of the 2023 McCormack Medal, should they be American, also earn automatic spots onto the team.
At least one mid-amateur (25 years and older) player, will be included in the USA team by the ITS. It seems likely that Stewart HAGESTAD, currently WAGR #15, will pick up this berth, making it four matches in a row at St. Andrews.
Click here to view the USGA’s full press release – Automatic USA Walker Cup, WATC Team Selections Set For June 21
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