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Sunday
Sep102017

2017 Walker Cup Day Two Quick Roundup

...has arrived and well, I'm going out to watch. So while we have our friends in Florida in mind, please forgive the coverage from day two at The Walker Cup.

The USA team has taken a strong 8-4 lead after a late surge in singles, writes Brentley Romine.

GB&I is in trouble after falling four points down, writes Alistair Tait.

LACC's 15th hole played 78 yards Saturday. I report for Golfweek.

Make sure to go see all of Chris Keane and J.D. Cuban's amazing photos from The Walker Cup's official account. Just one:

 

The fans are out to watch the world's best amateur golfers in a star-studded city. #WalkerCup

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Am on vacation in the Balearics, so all the coverage is of tennis and missed this - the course looks great. But with regard to FLA, how many courses are in harms way?
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Thank you Geoff for the coverage at LACC. I stopped by ever so briefly yesterday (in between events in the Valley and Downtown). Free (!) parking was available in a nice neighborhood a block west.

LACC is just amazing. I look forward to getting US Open tickets in a few years.
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAngeleno
Course looks great, but being honest, I don't like the look of the fans all walking down the fairway and otherwise wandering about. I understand if you are a fan on site that is great, but it looks sloppy on TV.
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Fans look fine on TV, to me.
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKevin part deux
BrianS - Obviously you have never attended a Walker Cup, this is normal and I've never been to a better spectator event, everyone is beyond well behaved. Hear any "mashed potatoes" or see any streakers yet?
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
Just got back from two days at the Walker Cup. My two cents:

1) The course is in fantastic shape and the greens deceivingly slick. The bunkers are outrageously pretty and Gil and Geoff's efforts really paid off.

2) There are some outrageously fun holes which can be changed due to the tee box alone. The 7th which can be a par 3 or par 4, the 15th which I saw play 131 and 79 (!?!) and several other holes which could have different looks depending on where they put the tee boxes.

3) The course played 7300 yards but honestly the Walker Cup guys handled it really well which is bad news for the US Open in a few years. Unless LACC buys more land that becomes magically available, I have no idea how this course will be long enough in 2023 (barring an intervening roll back in the ball or the driver). For example, #3 is my favorite hole but all these guys drove over/past the trouble and only had a wedge into the green.

4) But for the Walker Cup we never would get to see some of these top 50 courses LACC, Seminole, Cypress, etc. While I wish US clubs would adopt the UK private model, until they do, I'm glad these clubs are opening up their doors for the public for the WC. Bring on Seminole in 4 years!

5) LACC severely underestimated the amount of people attending this weekend. Estimates I heard were 6,000 on Saturday and 8,000 on Sunday. There was one small merchandise shop (the pro shop) and they quickly sold out of a lot of the sweetest gear. The USGA and Seminole should keep this in mind for the future.
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterReGripped
8,000 spectators?

Where are the other 7,500?
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
@ Pa - I'm sure they were well behaved, no shouting and such, and as a spectator experience, it seems great to be able to do that. I just think as a TV presentation, it looked sloppy and a little chaotic.
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Crowds were fine. It is a pleasant throwback to how behaved crowds used to be and could share the course in match play. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TxA7ObET5T0
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLoose Impediments
F tv, it was a superb competition on a superb course. How cool to be able to roam the course at will. I'm ready to play it. If only....
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
F tv, it was a superb competition on a superb course. How cool to be able to roam the course at will. I'm ready to play it. If only....
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
That 8,000 was about 7,500 more then Riviera on Sunday of the Amateur!
09.10.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEncinitas Bob
all those amazing photos, amazing!
09.11.2017 | Unregistered Commenteramazing
Outstanding golf this weekend. I enjoyed each step at LACC.
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterEvan Pur
19-7. So much for that GB&I team spirit we heard so much about.
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott
Scott,

Fabulous point. Great post.
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTremendous Slouch
their team spirit was immense, Sadly their golf wasn't! Your team were much better. Cant see the next couple of Ryder Cups being much different either. We don't have the players at the moment.
09.11.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Scott - if only Paul Ryan and DJT had the same team spirit these days...
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterCenter Cut
Walker Cup great! So glad you gave us all the info, the course and spectators were wonderful...thanks to Geof for all the insight. Does anyone know if Golf Channel will be able to televise the BMW this week, they are listed for Thurs-Friday coverage?
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoute66
" I don't like the look of the fans all walking down the fairway and otherwise wandering about. I understand if you are a fan on site that is great, but it looks sloppy on TV."

Brian, really? Are you also annoyed by the office buildings in the distance, the planes flying overhead and the cars that can be seen and heard in the background?
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterKPK
Funny thing that more than a few members mentioned was the new condo on the corner of Comstock/Wilshire (Ellen Degeneres had owned penthouse for a bit)...LACC members were upset because the condo ruined the view from the 9th tee...the elegant line of the clubhouse was no more. You can see it from certain shots.

Unless you're a solid 12 or below, the north looks like no fun...even from the proper tees. And that sentiment was pretty much echoed by most of the higher handicap members I spoke with...they play the south course!
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterManku
Looked like more people at LACC Sunday than at the Ram's game and for that matter the 49'rs at Levi stadium in S.F. And not one stupid "You da man or go in the hole".
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
Just watched Fox telecast from Sun and over par they were again. Production was bare bones - no vignettes, not much on LA, not much on the course and TV was mostly putting and shots. Really want to see the course. Some aerials but was wanting more throughout the show -didn't really get a good look at LACC is how I felt.
09.11.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul
TLB, "MASHED POTATOES!"
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterFC
FC: That too. Glad you got on La Cumbre. Got to play it once a year for quite a while until the group that played it with got dis-invited. Never did find out what the problem was.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTLB

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