The History of the Walker Cup

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 10, 2001, 4:00 pm
The inaugural Walker Cup matches were contested in 1922 at the National Golf Links of America on Long Island. It was there that an outstanding United States team ' which included seven past and future national champions, including a young phenom named Bobby Jones ' won 8 to 4.
 
Thirty-six times more since then, teams have battled for the International Challenge trophy, donated in 1921 by George Herbert Walker.
 
One of those team members was none other than the great Jack Nicklaus.
 
It was a great thrill to stand up on the first tee, said a reflective Nicklaus of his playing days. Your shirts pounding out and youre sort of saying, Boy, this is pretty neat!
 
And it was fun, the 18-time major winner added. I enjoyed it a lot, and it was one of the steps that I had in my life of growing up in the game of golf.
 
Thats exactly what the Walker Cup has provided over the years: a history of great players, great shots and great emotion.
 
Until the mid 1990's, like most of the early Ryder Cup matches, the United States dominated the competition.
 
In 1993, at Interlachen, the Americans trounced the Great Britain & Ireland team in record-setting fashion, winning 19 to 5.
 
At the time, Team USA was 30-3-1 thru 35 matches, but things were about to change.
 
In 1995 at Royal Porthcawl in Wales, the heavily favored Americans ' led by reigning U.S. Amateur champion Tiger Woods ' appeared unbeatable, but they ran into trouble.
 
Despite being outdriven up to 75 yards all day by Tiger, European Gary Wolstenhome won the last hole to capture his singles match 1-up.
 
Twenty-four hours later, the Walker Cup, which had become known as the Walk-Over Cup in 1993, was again in the hands of the Europeans.
 
'The R&A and the GB&I team were under a lot of pressure because it used to be called the Walk-Over Cup, but I guarantee you its no longer a walkover,' GB&I player Joey Fanagan said after finishing with a 3-0 record at the '93 matches. 'We're just delighted as a team, we played well as a team and we're delighted.'
 
However, the Americans would get their revenge in 1997 at Quaker Ridge, blasting the visitors 18 to 6.
 
In 1999, the Great Britian and Ireland team rallied back on Sunday to win 10 of the 12 matches for a come-from-behind 15 to 9 victory.
 
Luke Donalds 4-0 record in that edition gave GB&I the backbone it needed to turn the tables on the Americans, and afterward, he expressed what the experience meant to him.
 
Playing for your country is something a little different than playing for yourself, said Donald, and its always a great honor and I was very nervous on that first tee this morning.
 
While Donalds great all-around play served as the catalyst for victory, it was reigning British Amateur champion Graeme Storm who sealed the deal on the weekend.
 
'Its incredible isn't it, said Storm following his match-clinching win. I didnt realize that was the putt to win it. I played really well today, we came back great! I mean, we worked really hard for this. Its unbelievable.'
 
Without doubt, there will be more unbelieveable moments this weekend at the Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Ga.
 
But like John Harris (who is the winningest American golfer in Walker Cup history with a 6-0 record) once said: The game of golf is really the winner and were just happy to be a part of it.
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Tiger Tracker: 147th Open Championship

By Tiger TrackerJuly 21, 2018, 12:15 pm

Tiger Woods, in search of his 15th career major championship title, started the weekend six off the lead at Carnoustie. We're tracking him in Round 3 of The Open.


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How to watch The Open on TV and online

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 21, 2018, 8:30 am

You want to watch the 147th Open? Here’s how you can do it.

Golf Channel and NBC Sports will be televising 182 hours of overall programming from the men's third major of the year at Carnoustie

In addition to the traditional coverage, the two networks will showcase three live alternate feeds: marquee groups, featured holes (our new 3-hole channel) and spotlight action. You can also watch replays of full-day coverage, Thursday-Sunday, in the Golf Channel app, NBC Sports apps, and on GolfChannel.com.  

Here’s the weekly TV schedule, with live stream links in parentheses. You can view all the action on the Golf Channel mobile, as well. Alternate coverage is noted in italics:

(All times Eastern; GC=Golf Channel; NBC=NBC Sports; GC.com=GolfChannel.com or check the GLE app)

Monday, July 16

GC: 7-9AM: Morning Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: 9-11AM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

GC: 7-9PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Tuesday, July 17

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Wednesday, July 18

GC: 6AM-2PM: Live From The Open (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Thursday, July 19

GC: Midnight-1:30AM: Midnight Drive (stream.golfchannel.com)

GC: Day 1: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 1: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Friday, July 20

GC: Day 2: The Open, live coverage: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Spotlight: 1:30AM-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, Marquee Groups: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 2: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 4AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 4-5PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Saturday, July 21

GC: Day 3: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 3: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 3: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-3PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 3-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)


Sunday, July 22

GC: Day 4: The Open, live coverage: 4:30-7AM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

NBC: Rd. 4: The Open, live coverage: 7AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/theopen)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Spotlight: 4:30AM-2:30PM (www.golfchannel.com/spotlight)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, Marquee Groups: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/marqueegroup)

GC.com: Day 4: The Open, 3-Hole Channel: 5AM-2PM (www.golfchannel.com/3holechannel)

GC: Live From The Open: 2:30-4PM (www.golfchannel.com/livefromstream)

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:55 pm

NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.


Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.