Category: Walker Cup

November 11, 2013

Seminole Golf Club to Host 2021 Walker Cup

Posted at 12:51 PM by Josh Sens

Seminole Golf Club
Credit: Larry Lambrecht

Here's a way to finally get on Seminole: buy a ticket to the Walker Cup.

As Golf Digest reported, the exclusive Florida club will host the 2021 playing of the prestigious bi-annual competition, the first time that Seminole has staged an event open to the public since its founding in 1929.

The decision was driven by Seminole president Jimmy Dunne, a native New Yorker who was reportedly inspired by how brightly National Golf Links shined during the Walker Cup this past September. Once he went forward with the idea, it didn't take Dunne long to get the club and the USGA on board.

Though Seminole measures less than 7,000 yards, the Donald Ross design has shown it can stand up to the games top players. At this past year's Member-Pro event at Seminole, Rickie Fowler shot a tournament low of 65.

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September 23, 2013

President Bush: Barack Obama should play golf

Posted at 1:48 PM by Pete Madden

In what could be the biggest display of bipartisanship since President Barack Obama took office, former president George W. Bush endorsed his successor's golf game.

Sitting down with the Golf Channel's Jimmy Roberts, Bush crossed the proverbial aisle:

“I’ve seen our President criticized for playing golf. I don’t. I think he ought to play golf. I know what it is like to be in the bubble and I know the pressures of the job. To be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the President. It is a good outlet.”

Several presidents, dating all the way back to William Howard Taft, have been avid players, but our Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs crowned Bush (whose great grandfather served as USGA president and lent his name to the Walker Cup) "Golfer-in-Chief" with the "best presidential swing I've seen."

President Obama has played 145 rounds of golf since taking office, 103 of them, according to TIME, with Marvin Nicholson, Obama's trip director and "First Bro," but as this three-putt indicates, he still has some work to do.

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October 17, 2011

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler: Golf's Next Great Rivalry?

Posted at 4:33 PM by Mike Walker

When Rickie Fowler held off a charging Rory McIlroy to win the Korea Open this month, he added another chapter to a rivalry that has the potential to define the game over the next decade. Though both players are just 22 years old, they have a surprisingly rich history in competition together. Let's take a look...

1. 2007 Walker Cup

Fowler draws first blood, beating McIlroy in team play on the Irishman's home turf at Royal County Down. Team USA holds on to beat Great Britian and Ireland, 12.5 to 11.5.

Advantage: Fowler

Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlory on the final day of the 2007 Walker Cup. PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

Jamie Lovemark, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschell at the 2007 Walker Cup. David Cannon/Getty Images

2. 2010 Ryder Cup

Rory McIlroy helps Europe win the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales with a 2-0-2 record. However, Fowler (0-1-2) turns heads by making four birdies in his last four holes to halve his singles match with Edoardo Molinari.

Advantage: McIlroy

Rory McIlroy celebrates at the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales. Photo: Angus Murray

Rickie Fowler at the Ryder Cup after halving his singles match with Edoardo Molinari. Andrew Redington/Getty Images

3. 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award

On the strength of his eight top-10 finishes, Fowler wins the 2010 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year Award over McIlroy despite McIlroy's win at Quail Hollow and third-place finishes at the British Open and the PGA Championship. "Friend of Rory" Lee Westwood calls the award -- which is voted by PGA Tour players -- "protectionist" and hints that McIlroy was snubbed as payback for his decision not to renew tour membership in 2011.

Advantage: Fowler

Rickie Fowler's most impressive finish in 2010 was second at Memorial. REUTERS

4. 2011 U.S. Open

McIlroy claims the title of the world's best young player with an eight-stroke victory at the U.S. Open at Congressional. Fowler misses the cut.

Big Advantage: McIlroy

McIlroy celebrates his U.S. Open win with his father, Gerry. AP Photo/Larry French

5. 2011 British Open

Paired together in nasty conditions on Saturday at Royal St. Georges, Fowler shoots himself into contention with a 68, while McIlroy shoots 73 and afterward tells reporters that he doesn't like playing in the rain. Fowler finishes T5; McIlroy T25.

Advantage: Fowler

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler share a laugh at the 2011 British Open. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

6. 2011 Korea Open

Fowler holds off a Sunday charge by McIlroy to nab his first professional victory. Afterward, Fowler tells Golfweek that beating McIlroy made the win even more special. "He's beaten me, I've beaten him before, but to win a golf tournament and beat him was different. It was cool."

Advantage: Fowler

Rickie Fowler celebrates his first professional win at the Korea Open. AP Photo

This story originally appeared in the Golf Magazine Front9 App. To download the weekly app, visit the Apple iTunes store.


September 08, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Vandals cause delay at KLM Open

Posted at 11:22 AM by Steve Beslow

Dutch Destruction

There was heavy rain in the Netherlands on Thursday morning, but that wasn't the only reason for the delay at the Euro Tour's KLM Open. NBC Sports's Ryan Ballengee fleshes out an AP report on some unauthorized maintenance to the host course:

The start of play at the KLM Open was delayed on Thursday in the Netherlands when officials discovered four greens at Hilversum Golf Club had been vandalized. Greens at the fourth through sixth and ninths holes had been dug up, causing a 45-minute delay.

The areas that required fixing on those four greens will be considered ground under repair, similar to what was done at the PGA Championship when equipment used by maintenance staff caused damage to two greens at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Still no word on who the culprits were or what their motivation may have been. But assuming they're eventually brought to justice, this incident may turn out to be even more litigious than the PGA Championship mishap that it resembles. 

Lewis Won't Take the Easy Way Out

When 20-year-old Tom Lewis burst onto the scene with a 65 in the first round of this year's British Open, there was some speculation that the English amateur would immediately turn pro. Instead, Lewis insisted that his true goal for the year was to play in the Walker Cup, a goal he's finally getting around to this week. According to James Corrigan of The Independent (UK), Lewis is all-in on his golf career, as his determination to be a pro and his struggle with dyslexia have left him without any fallbacks. That's not to say Lewis didn't have the opportunity for an education, though:

Yet despite his dyslexia and his lack of interest there was the chance to further his education. The majority of those who will line up with and against him at the Walker Cup are on University scholarships and the talent-hunters focus on the scorecards rather than the exam marks. "I was asked if I wanted to go to US college and was told not to worry about my schoolwork – they would do it for me," said Lewis. "But I didn't want to do that. If I was going to do it, I was going to do it properly. I wasn't going to sit in class and let someone else do my work. What's the point of that?"

I'd really encourage you to read the entire story, as Corrigan does a fantastic job exploring one of the game's best amateurs.


Golf Channel has a great behind-the-scenes video detailing Win McMurray's photo shoot for Golf Magazine's No. 1 Issue. You can read her interview from our No. 1 People Portfolio here.

Tweet of the Day

Some great news from J.B. Holmes on Thursday:


Best of luck to Holmes, who is recovering from brain surgery and likely still months away from any sort of competitive golf.

August 01, 2011

Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein, Russell Henley, Harris English named to 2011 Walker Cup team

Posted at 1:40 PM by

Several American amateurs have grabbed headlines this summer for their stellar play in professional tournaments. Four of the most decorated ams have been selected to represent the United States at the 2011 Walker Cup, which will be played Sept. 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Patrick Cantlay, Russell Henley, Harris English and Peter Uihlein were chosen by the USGA's selection committee. The remaining six spots on the U.S. squad will be announced later this summer. The American players will face a team of 10 amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland in a Ryder Cup-style competition of eight alternate-shot matches and 18 singles matches.

Cantlay was the low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, where he tied for 21st place. He also tied for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open in July. The 19-year-old is coming off a standout freshman year at UCLA, where he won three tournaments and was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year and first-team All-American, and received the Jack Nicklaus Award, which is given to the Division I player of the year.

Henley, 22, became the second amateur in history to win a Nationwide Tour event when he won the Stadion Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga., in May. He qualified for the 2011 U.S. Open at Congressional, where he made the cut and finished tied for 42nd. He also won seven collegiate events in his career, and was named Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Year in 2010.

English, 22, also won on the Nationwide Tour this year, taking the Children's Hospital Invitational in July. He was Henley's teammate at Georgia, where he won four events in his collegiate career and was a three-time All-American.

Uihlein, 21, is one of the most decorated amateur golfers in the U.S., highlighted by his victory at the 2010 U.S. Amateur. He also received the 2011 Ben Hogan Award, which is given to the top men's college golfer in any division for his performance in all collegiate and amateur competitions during a 12-month period. He also played in the 2009 Walker Cup, where he had a 4-0-0 record.

The U.S. is the defending champion and has won the last three Walker Cup matches.

August 31, 2009

U.S. team set for Walker Cup

Posted at 11:35 AM by Anne Szeker

The U.S. team for the 2009 Walker Cup has been set, with the addition of Cameron Tringale, 22 and Peter Uihlein, 20.

From the USGA press release:

Tringale and Uihlein are the final two players selected to the USA Team that will compete against 10 amateurs representing Great Britain and Ireland in the 42nd Walker Cup Match, to be played Sept. 12-13 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. 

Tim Jackson, 50, of Germantown, Tenn., has been named as the first alternate for the team. Ben Martin, 22, of Greenwood, S.C., will be the second alternate. 

The eight players previously named to the USA Team on Aug. 9 are Bud Cauley, Rickie Fowler, Brendan Gielow, Brian Harman, Morgan Hoffmann, Adam Mitchell, Nathan Smith and Drew Weaver. The captain of the USA Team is George “Buddy” MarucciJr.

The USA Team has won the last two Matches, posting one-point victories at Chicago (Ill.) Golf Club in 2005 and at Royal County Down in Newcastle, Ireland, in 2007. The USA leads the series overall, 33-7-1.

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