How Is Match Play Golf Scored?

By Contributing Writer

Match play golf is typically a form of one-on-one competition in which the victor is the player who wins the most holes, rather than the player who shoots the lowest total score. 
 

Winning a Hole

The player who shoots the lowest score on a given hole is the winner of that hole. If a player is well behind on the hole, he may concede it to his opponent.

Winning a Match

A player wins a match play competition when they are ahead by more holes than what remain. In a 18-hole competition for example, a player is victorious if they are three holes ahead through the 16th hole, since only two holes remain.

Scoring

The score of the match is identified by holes, not strokes. A player who has won two more holes than his opponent is said to be two-up, for example. If the match is even, it is called all-square.

Final Score

Final scores are determined by how many holes the winner was ahead and how many holes remained when the match ended. For example, a player who wins by pulling four holes ahead with three holes remaining has won 4 and 3.

Types

Match play also be played in two-player teams. Scores for each hole are set by the low player for each team. This form of competition is called best-ball or four-ball.
Two-man teams also can play alternate shot or two-ball competitions, in which the two players on each side play the same ball and take turns on shots.

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Pablo G.  Scored 101 at  Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Legends Carlsbad, California

Gary G.  Scored 93 at  River Oaks Nicolaus, California

Scott R.  Scored 92 at  Lakewood New Orleans, Louisiana

Scott R.  Scored 92 at  Lakewood New Orleans, Louisiana

Eric E.  Scored 91 at  Avalon Lenoir City, Tennessee

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