WALKER CUP
Date Set For 2021 USA Walker Cup Team Exemptions December 21, 2020 | Liberty Corner, N.J. By Jeff Altstadter, USGA

The USA will be looking for its third consecutive win in the biennial Walker Cup Match this May at Seminole Golf Club. (Chris Keane/USGA)

The three highest-ranked American players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking® / WAGR® as of the Feb. 10 update will receive automatic exemptions onto the 2021 USA Walker Cup Team by the USGA’s International Team Selection Working Group.

The 48th Walker Cup Match will be played at Seminole Golf Club, in Juno Beach, Fla., May 8-9, 2021. It will mark the first time that the biennial team competition between 10 amateur players representing the United States and 10 amateur players representing Great Britain and Ireland, selected by The R&A, will be held in the spring on U.S. soil. The Match is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate shot) matches. The USA leads the series that began in 1922, 37-9-1, but it has been tremendously competitive over the last three decades, with the USA holding just a 9-7 advantage in the Match since 1989.

Tyler Strafaci earned an exemption with his victory in the 2020 U.S. Amateur Championship, contested at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, in Bandon, Ore., in August.  The remainder of the 10-player team will be selected shortly after the Feb. 10 WAGR update.

The team, which will be captained by Nathaniel Crosby, recently completed a three-day practice session with 16 invited players at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Lake Nona Country Club, in Orlando, Fla.

Crosby guided the USA Team to victory in 2019 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club and played on the winning USA Team in the 1983 Match.