Listen: Road to Hoylake series concludes with Hammer, Wu
Brandon Wu and Cole Hammer
Brandon Wu and Cole Hammer

A U.S. Amateur champion has been crowned and the Walker Cup team has been named. The matches at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, are getting nearer and nearer. The U.S. and Great Britain and Ireland teams will meet there Sept. 7-8.

As The Back of the Range podcast’s “Road to Hoylake” series draws to a close, Ben Adelberg is telling the story of two men who have more or less been “locks” for months. Finally, Cole Hammer and Brandon Wu appear on the podcast.

Hammer earned his spot on the team as the No. 1-ranked American in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He was also recently named the Mark H. McCormack Medal winner for holding the top spot, period, in those rankings. The Texan had a strong first year as a Longhorn freshman after a summer that included the 2018 Western Amateur title and a semifinal run at the U.S. Amateur.

As for Wu, you might say his entire summer has been building to this. The Stanford graduate helped his team win the NCAA title in May then remained amateur for a shot at playing in the Walker Cup. In that time, he has also qualified for (and made the cut in) the U.S. Open and qualified for the British Open. He helped the U.S. team to gold at the Pan American Games and was the U.S. Amateur medalist less than three days later.

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The Walker Cup Match is a biennial 10-man amateur team competition between the USA and a team composed of players from Great Britain and Ireland and selected by The R&A. It is played over two days with 18 singles matches and eight foursomes (alternate-shot) matches.

The first United States Walker Cup Team, which in 1922 defeated the GB&I side, 8-4, at the National Golf Links of America, is considered among the best teams ever and included Francis Ouimet, Bob Jones, Charles “Chick” Evans and Jess Sweetser. Many of the game’s greatest players have taken part in Walker Cup competition, including U.S. Open champions Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth for the USA and Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose for Great Britain and Ireland.

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