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The Walker Cup will be contested in even years from 2026, the R&A and USGA have confirmed.

The biennial clash between the top amateurs from the US and Great Britain and Ireland is switching to avoid clashing with the World Amateur Team Championship, which will be played in odd years from 2023.

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“We have looked at this carefully with the USGA and believe that this change creates the best schedule for the players and for the Walker Cup match itself,” said Phil Anderton, chief development officer at the R&A.

“The Walker Cup is at the forefront of men’s amateur golf and we want to ensure that its status is reflected in its position in the golfing calendar.”

“The re-emergence of golf in the Olympic Games has had a ripple effect on the overall golf calendar and this is just the next step in that as we make sure team competitions have a balanced schedule and in this case, encourage participation by the world’s best amateurs without unnecessary conflict,” said John Bodenhamer, chief championships officer of the USGA.

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It was announced in 2020 that the World Amateur Team Championship would move to odd-numbered years to avoid clashing with the Olympics.

The change to the Walker Cup will take effect from 2026. A venue is yet to be announced for that match.

Next year’s edition will be held at St Andrews on September 2 and 3 2023.

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