WALKER CUP
Tickets Now On Sale for 47th Match at Royal Liverpool December 3, 2018 | St. Andrews, Scotland

The Walker Cup Match offers spectators an up-close chance to see amateur golf played at the highest level. (USGA/Chris Keane)

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Tickets are now on general sale for the 47th Walker Cup Match being played between Great Britain and Ireland and the USA at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) in England Sept. 7-8, 2019.

The biennial encounter will be staged at Hoylake for the first time since 1983 and GB&I will be bidding to win back the historic trophy after a 19-7 defeat to the USA at The Los Angeles Country Club last year. The USA will be looking for a first win on this side of the Atlantic since 2007 when the Americans posted a 12½-11½ victory at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

The Walker Cup is a biennial amateur team competition between 10-man sides composed of male players from Great Britain and Ireland and the USA. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches (eight on Saturday and 10 on Sunday) and eight foursomes matches (four each day). The USA leads the overall series 36-9-1.

Fans will be able to attend the match for as little as £40 for an Adult Weekend Ticket and £25 for a Daily Ticket, while families are also being encouraged to attend with children under the age of 16 being admitted free of charge and reduced-price tickets available for those aged 16-24 years old.

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development and Amateur Events at The R&A, said, “The Walker Cup is one of the world’s most prestigious and exciting amateur events featuring the most talented golfers from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States.

“The two teams have contested many memorable encounters and golf fans of all ages can look forward to watching a competitive and entertaining match next year when it is played on one of the finest links courses in the country.”

The beginnings of the Walker Cup can be traced back to Hoylake in 1921 when it was the venue for a match between amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States. The following year, the first official Walker Cup Match was played at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.

The iconic links also has a notable history of staging championships and international matches. The Open Championship has been played there on 12 occasions, most recently in 2014 when Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug three years after he claimed the U.S. Open Championship. Royal Liverpool has also hosted The Amateur Championship 18 times. The Curtis Cup Match, a biennial competition between Great Britain and Ireland and the USA, was played there in 1992 and the Women’s British Open in 2012.

The staging of the 47th Walker Cup in 2019 will coincide with Royal Liverpool’s 150th anniversary.

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