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2019 Walker Cup Tickets now on sale – free entry for under 16s

By Mark Gorton at

Tickets are now on general sale for the 47th Walker Cup match being played between Great Britain and Ireland and the United States at the Royal Liverpool Golf Course in Hoylake on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2019.

The biennial encounter will be staged at the links 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 United States at Los Angeles Country Club last year.

The United States will be looking for a first win on this side of the Atlantic since 2007 when they won 12½-11 ½ at Royal County Down.

Rory McIlroy celebrating in the Royal Liverpool clubhouse in 2014

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 1921 USA team, which included a young player destined to become a golfing legend – Bobby Jones, front row, second from the right

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, New York.

The iconic links also has a notable history of staging championships and international matches.

The clubhouse at the Royal Liverpool

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

The USA team will be captained by Nathaniel Crosby, a fine amateur golfer who represented his country at Hoylake in 1983, and the son of entertainment legend, Bing Crosby.

Now a professional, Hoylake’s Matt Jordan represented GB&I at the 2017 Walker Cup at the Los Angeles Country Club

The Open has been played there on twelve occasions, most recently in 2014 when Rory McIlroy lifted the Claret Jug, while it has also hosted The Amateur Championship eighteen times. The Curtis Cup was played there in 1992 and the Women’s British Open in 2012.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.randa.org/walkercuptickets

Photo credit: Walker Cup (top) courtesy of The R&A / Getty Images