This would have seemed an unlikely result shortly after their arrival at Hoylake in the midst of a long, dry spell of weather on the Wirral peninsula. The fairways were running fast, and the visitors had difficulty stopping the ball on unwatered greens during their practice rounds, including a morning 71 by Bobby Jones, followed by an 80 in the afternoon. He later described Hoylake as “dried out with the turf hard and the greens like glass. They don’t water the greens over there; they believe in letting nature take its course.”
Nevertheless, on the day of competition, the British succumbed, though Royal Liverpool Secretary and historian Guy Farrar had his own explanation for their defeat: “It was obvious that certain members of the British team were suffering from an acute attack of nerves. America did not play unbeatable stuff...we obligingly dug our own graves.”
The British may have been dead and buried in 1921 but the transatlantic match was not. The Walker Cup was contested for in 1922, 23 and 24, and thereafter became the biennial match with which we are familiar, although four potential matches were lost to World War Two and its aftermath.
The Walker Cup was last staged at Hoylake in 1983. Captained by Walker Cup phenomenon, Jay Sigel, the USA team beat Charlie Green’s GB&I team 13½ - 10½.
Two years ago, at the Los Angeles Country Club, the Americans were easy winners by the wide margin of 19 - 7.
Royal Liverpool looks forward to welcoming some of the finest amateur golfers in the world - with the aim of helping to make the 47th Walker Cup an unforgettable experience for both players and spectators.