Walker Cup 2019 Odds
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The 2019 Walker Cup will take place on Saturday 7th September and Sunday 8th September at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.
Unlike the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup, the Walker Cup is contested between United States and Great Britain and Ireland. All the players must have amateur status and the tournament is organised by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and United States Golf Association.
The 2019 Walker Cup will be the 48th time the tournament has been contested and it has a long and fascinating history.
Interestingly, the first unofficial Walker Cup was played in 1921 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, therefore the event is returning to where it all started for this edition of the tournament. The first official version of the Walker Cup took place on American soil in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America.
The United States came away with the win that day and won each of the following 8 tournaments. Great Britain and Ireland finally got on the board with their first victory in the 1938 Walker Cup, played on the Old Course, St Andrews.
This is a golf tournament in which the United States have enjoyed a great deal of success and despite playing on British soil in 2019, the American team will once again start the event as favourites.
Of the 46 Walker Cup matches to date, United States have won 36, which highlights the dominance they have had in this tournament. The American team have tasted long runs of success in the Walker Cup, winning the event 12 times in a row between 1947 and 1969 and 8 times in succession between 1973 and 1987.
However, things have started to change a little and Great Britain and Ireland have shown some improvement in recent years.
Between 1995 and 2003, Great Britain and Ireland won 4 of the 5 Walker Cup tournaments, including three in a row and since 2011, the tournament has been shared evenly between the teams, winning two each.
Playing on home soil has clearly had an influence on the result of recent Walker Cup matches, with United States winning the last two in America and Great Britain and Ireland winning the last two on British courses.
Therefore, the Great Britain and Ireland team will be looking forward to playing the 2019 Walker Cup in Hoylake for the first time since 1983. The United States won the that tournament 13.5 to 10.5 and we are set for another close encounter this time around.
The Walker Cup has seen some of the great players in golf history, including Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the United States and Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell for Great Britain and Ireland.
The United States team will be captained by Nathaniel Crosby, who played on the victorious 1983 United States Walker Cup Team at Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The American team will feel this gives them the edge and they will start the 2019 Walker Cup as favourites, although recent history suggests Great Britain and Ireland have a good chance of reclaiming the trophy.