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QUICK TAKE: Walker Cup Has A Flavor All Its Own

The Walker Cup Trophy (Photo credit: David Cannon/R&A via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES | The Walker Cup is:

The biennial two-day match-play event between amateurs from the US and Great Britain and Ireland named after the grandfather of former President George HW Bush and the great grandfather of George W Bush, the 41st and 43rd presidents of the US, respectively.

The Ryder Cup without the eye-popping intensity, the Solheim Cup without pom-poms.

Galleries walking the fairways, as close to players as a person is when walking his dog.

Nathaniel Crosby, son of Bing, played at Royal Liverpool in 1981, Rory McIlroy, bushy-headed hair and all, at Royal County Down in 2007 and Jordan Spieth, overshadowed by teammate Peter Uihlein, at Royal Aberdeen in 2011.

Michael Bonallack on the second afternoon at Peachtree in 1989 looking ashen-faced because a quick look at the scoreboard suggested the Americans, trailing at lunch, were ahead in every one of the afternoon singles. GB&I went on to win in the US for the first time.

Gary Wolstenholme, aged 35, beat Tiger Woods, aged 19, in the first day of singles in the 1995 match at Royal Porthcawl despite being outdriven by 50-75 yards. Wolstenholme has dined out on that story ever since.

The wide-open fairways of the 360-acre Los Angeles Country Club which looks as though it is in the middle of the country and not in the second-largest city in the US, and its marked contrast with Royal Lytham & St Annes, site of the 2015 match, which is less than one mile from the sea yet almost entirely surrounded by houses.

Former President George W Bush watched the US team play the short ninth at LACC and then walked the hole with them, and then later took part in discussions with both the US and GB&I teams.

A typical question for the former president from one of the visiting team: what do you think of President Trump?

A fair contest, the past 14 matches having been tied 7-7.

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