Walker Cup returning to St Andrews in 2023

The Walker Cup will return to St Andrews in 2023 after an absence of almost half a century.

The biennial competition for amateur teams representing Great Britain and Ireland and USA has been held at the Scottish course on eight previous occasions, although the last was in 1975.

Duncan Weir, executive director – Golf Development at The Royal and Ancient said: “The Walker Cup is the pinnacle of men’s amateur golf in Great Britain and Ireland and the United States with many of the game’s greatest players including Bobby Jones and Sir Michael Bonallack having featured in memorable matches played over the Old Course at St Andrews.

“We are excited to be bringing the Walker Cup back to the Home of Golf for the first time in nearly 50 years and look forward to watching some of the world’s most talented amateur golfers contest the match over the famous Old Course in 2023.”

Euan Loudon, chief executive of St Andrews Links Trust, was also delighted to welcome the tournament back.

“We are delighted to see the Walker Cup return to our calendar of prestigious events at the Old Course,” he said.

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“After a near 50-year absence we hope it will produce a memorable contest and reinforce the stature of amateur golf in Great Britain and Ireland.

“I am sure many talented golfers on both sides of the Atlantic, some of whom may just be at the beginning of their golfing journeys, will be inspired by the prospect of competing in amateur golf’s premier match at the Home of Golf.”

The 2019 Walker Cup will be played on September 7 and 8 at Royal Liverpool, the venue for the first match between teams from Great Britain and Ireland and the United States in 1921 which would become the Walker Cup one year later.

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Seminole Golf Club in Florida will host the tournament for the first time in its history in May 2021, while the 50th Walker Cup will be contested at Cypress Point in California in 2025.