Here's one I bet you didn't see coming...but congrats to the former U.S. Amateur Champion on his role at Royal Liverpool in 2019 and, most likely, his home course Seminole in 2021.
John Strege at GolfDigest.com had the news first, and the call apparently nearly killed Crosby!
"I haven't had a great moment in 35 years, haven't won a tournament in 35 years," Crosby said. "So when Diana Murphy [the USGA president] called me, I was extremely surprised. For someone that has something to say about everything, I was taken aback. I had a serious loss of breath when she told me I would be the next Walker Cup captain."
Crosby, 56, is a Jupiter, Fla., resident who was born in Hillsborough, Calif. He is the son of the late Bing Crosby, a legendary American singer and entertainer, and the godson of World Golf Hall of Famer Jack Burke Jr.
In addition to winning the U.S. Amateur in 1981, Crosby also played on two winning U.S. national teams, at the 1982 World Amateur Team Championship and the 1983 Walker Cup.
“I am thrilled and overwhelmed to be chosen captain of the next USA Walker Cup Team,” Crosby said. “It will again be a privilege to be a part of the Walker Cup competition that I was so fortunate to be a part of back in 1983. My experiences with the USGA, the Walker Cup match and the World Amateur Team Championship have proved to be the most memorable weeks of my life, as I am sure it will be for the members of the 2019 team. Many of my closest friends are former captains who will hopefully take the time to share their approaches in an effort to help me with my new responsibilities.”