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Sep122017

Roundup: USA Wins 2017 Walker Cup 19-7

Sorry for the delayed roundup, but a combination of wanting to be respectful to our friends in Florida and those remembering 9/11, it just felt like a good day to pay respects elsewhere.

But this was a special event for all involved to cap off the USGA's biggest amateur event season--with MidAm's still to go--and I would be remiss in not celebrating another spectacular Walker Cup. The event reaffirmed its place as one of the best to watch and attend.

David Shefter's game story for WalkerCup.org on the matches.

Sunday Foursomes video highlights. And Sunday's Singles highlights.

Sunday photos from the matches by Chris Keane and J.D. Cuban captured the beauty of both the matches and venue.

Brentley Romine at Golfweek on redemption for Captain Spider Miller and Maverick McNealy after the 2015 landslide loss at Lytham.

Golf World's John Strege on Stewart Hagestad securing a Sunday singles point to cap off an incredible year for the mid-amateur.

Here was Hagestad hitting into his beloved 15th hole Sunday and bringing the Walker Cup into the LACC clubhouse for members to enjoy: 

Day two of the Walker Cup, @stew teeing off at the fifteenth in a 2&1 victory. #walkercup2017

A post shared by Geoff Shackelford (@geoffshac) on Sep 10, 2017 at 6:38pm PDT


John Hopkins
assesses the matches and where things went turned so suddenly for a GB&I that played better than the final match score suggested.

Alistair Tait talks to the GB&I side for Golfweek and they blamed their play on the type of golf played, however it's fascinating to see how much they assumed the course had to be played with only an aerial attack.

Cart drivers take note: Captain Miller had his foursomes players not "caucusing" too much, meaning they played proper foursomes with the player due to hit the next shot moving down play. This, and other match notes from Global Golf Post.

Alex Miceli at MorningRead.com explores the two sides explorations into adding a third day. Alistair Tait at Golfweek is opposed. Put me down for kicking off with a first day four-ball session, followed by the weekend days remaining the same.

The winning team picture by Chris Keane, always one of the best scenes in golf:

Your winners of the 46th #WalkerCup Match, the USA! 📸USGA/Chris Keane

A post shared by United States Golf Association (@usga) on Sep 10, 2017 at 7:57pm PDT

Colin Morikawa, Doug Ghim and Maverick McNealy all went 4-0, the first time three players on one team have done so.

Jim Nugent talked to Curtis Strange, Brad Faxon and Buddy Marucci about their fond Walker Cup memories, and make sure to check out those team turtlenecks from ’83.

John Strege talks to the USGA's Mike Davis about using the Walker Cup to learn about the setting up LACC North for the 2023 U.S. Open.

Ben Crenshaw talked to AmateurGolf.com about the matches and LACC.


My take from Saturday night on the 78-yard 15th, which gave everyone a thrill and exceeded expectations as set out in last week's Eye On Design looking at this hole.

For those of you who watched my LACC 7th hole Eye On Design video from this week, you'll know seeing this setup and successful play was just what we hoped would happen:

Par 4? Just a driver and putter necessary for @collin_morikawa 💪💪 #WalkerCup

A post shared by United States Golf Association (@usga) on Sep 9, 2017 at 2:50pm PDT

Finally, loved these casual team shoes by Canoos and modeled by Captain Spider. You can buy 'em here.

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Reader Comments (20)

The GB&I comment about the course favoring and aerial attack rings hollow. Holes at LACC accessible via run up shot:
#1 (even when the pin is way left, you are best to attack via a drawing shot that runs onto the green), #5, #6 (tee shot played to the right, pitch across the green to get to any hole location), #7, #8, #11, #13, #16, and #18.

The obvious difference between the US and GB&I team was in their utilization of caddies. The US team (especially Doug Ghim) was getting caddie input on almost every shot. To my eyes, GB&I players were a bit less reliant on the local knowledge.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterN
Expanding it to 3 days would simply magnify GB&I's deficiencies even more. Of course Alistair Tait is opposed. Like all British journos, he's a rooter, not a reporter.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott Perez
Class of 2017 will be interesting to follow. I watch and attend a heck of a lot of golf but LACC simply took my breath away. What a gal! Congrats to the US team - relentless pressure and superb ruthless play. I love matchplay!
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterIrish Golf Nut
Like I said before, the TV coverage was not near as good as the Am at Riviera. Looked like Fox did this one on the cheap. For once, not enough equipment, i.e.. replay machines or cameras to get all the actual shots in. Would like to have seen more of the course, opening holes, club house etc. Every golf telecast should open with an overview of the course being played and if possible, shots of interesting parts of the club house and surrounding area. Wish I was a TV sports producer.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
Cheap-a-Skata FOX. Bad commentary by Faxton and Azinger. They sounded like they were bored to death.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill
Re: Fox Sports - inexcusable as their HQ is 3 miles from the course
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterNRH
Enjoyed the event. Enjoyed the coverage by Fox (they're getting better. Although, maybe one too many "experts" in the booth.). The play was outstanding by both sides. Glad USA won. But the course was the real keeper. A true treasure to see that course. Can't wait for the US open there. Would love to see a book (hint, hint, Geoff) about the process of restoring one of the great golf courses in this country.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterT. Ferris
No Holly Sonders due to college football duties; R&A co-runs the revered spectacle; Any word on CME and/or QBE?
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPG
Just catching up on the DVR viewings and while I can see that Fox probably did skimp on technology that they have set a higher bar with, I didn't care. The aerials and camera shots were just eye-popping, and having played No. 11 once, I was impressed with the quality of the shots from some silly tee at 289?

Congrats Geoff on all the mentions for you and Gil and to the maintenance team that presented a cool looking course. Love all the contrasting stuff, but somehow it works. The GB&I guys didn't look like their golf was that bad either, just a real pummeling by Team USA. Fun stuff.
09.12.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDavidC
The photos by Keane and Cuban are awesome, just amazing. Take the time took check them out, yall.

09.12.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Nice one Scotty boy! Probably escaped your notice that the score last time was almost identical in favour of GB and I? T hat probably wasnt reported in your press. Was over on the Cape once when we pumped you in the Ryder Cup. The first two days were reported by your non-rooting reporters. The third day did not exist!! Your team were better this year-a lot better. But the match doesnt need changing-the result is secondary to the tradition. Home advantage seems to be huge in recent times.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
I'm actually glad Fox went low-key on the course with this one. Imagine Ken Brown out there running around chewing grass and sniffing bunkers. Was he that hyped up when he played the ET, Chico? However, if there's any place Holly would have fit right in it would have been LA.

Regarding the Canoos, you can go straight from the course to the christening of The Flying Wasp in those babies.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Playing foursomes correctly is genius in its simplicity and sensibility.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
@D M ac-no! Ken was an introvert that played at the speed of a glacier. Off course and after 2 beers he is extremely hyper however!
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
Might want to drop the "we" Chico. I don't remember you hitting any shots for Team Tequesta. It is funny how wound up you people get with these "flag" events.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterScott Perez
I thought the TV was fine, the course looked great, and it was good to see the event get so much coverage. A previous poster had indicated that GC had to scrap much of its peripheral coverage due to hurricane prep. I thought Zinger was good as usual, and the rest seemed just fine - although I have to say O'Donogue (sp?) remains a weak spot - his voice just doesn't seem strong enough for TV.

For anyone keeping score btw, Walker Cup beat Solheim Cup 7-0 out here anyway.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Anyone have any idea what initiation dues are at LACC? I attended event...guest fees are a steep $225 + caddie.

Are they in line with Brentwood/Bel Air (200K), or lower?

Just curious...not thinking of trying to get in!
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterManku
Pretty lame Sancho! Are you allowed to say we coming from Mexico? Not sure.
09.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterchico
https://www.facebook.com/amateurgolf/videos/10154812566250778/?hc_location=ufi
09.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPG

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