Every two years, the top amateurs from the United States take on the top amateurs from Great Britain and Ireland.
Usually the best amateurs in each country.
The United States has normally dominated this matchup, owning the 35-9 all time record in their favor. So each year members of the USGA meet up to discuss possible candidates to take on the “European” team. I say that in quotes because they have yet to open the Walker Cup up to all of Europe like the Ryder Cup.
This year, team selection came with a little drama.
The team usually picks two mid am players, this year only one. And that one being the obvious selection of 26-year-old Stewart Hagestad.
The team is also highlighted by NCAA champion Braden Thornberry, Hogan Award winner Maverick McNealy, Western Amateur champion Norman Xiong and Cal star Collin Morikawa. Cameron Champ of Texas A&M will also make an appearance.
For those of you not familiar with amateur golf — The top golfer in the country every year is awarded the Nicklaus award. A title that would most definitely land you on this squad. Not this year, though.
Sam Burns of LSU was left off the list after receiving the award. Many in the golf world were baffled, even Smylie Kaufman tweeted out:
Wait what??? How is Sam Burns not on this team…. https://t.co/G4rwQ5SImx
— Smylie Kaufman (@SmylieKaufman10) August 21, 2017
His thoughts were similar to many. So why did he get left off? The best people to ask is the USGA, right?
Well, USGA’s International Team Selection committee does not make its points list public. So how are we supposed to know?
And on top of that, no USGA official was available for comment Sunday to talk about roster construction.
One of the biggest snubs in Walker Cup history may haunt the US as they try to win the trophy at Los Angeles Country club this September