Definition of match play in English:

match play

noun

mass noun
  • Play in golf in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side.

    Compare with stroke play
    • ‘These events include standard stroke play, match play, skins, and skills competitions.’
    • ‘In stroke play, that's a two-stroke penalty; in match play, the penalty is loss of hole.’
    • ‘In the match play, I caught a day where I played very well and he wasn't at his best.’
    • ‘At match play, it doesn't matter what you shoot; it's all relative to your opponent.’
    • ‘I was very consistent in qualifying and started match play in 19th place.’
    • ‘In four-ball match play, it's smart to choose a partner whose playing style is different from your own.’
    • ‘Because match play is so different than stroke play, you want experience on your side.’
    • ‘But not when you're in match play against another human being, especially an ally from Europe.’
    • ‘I won my first 15 games in match play to quickly move up the standings.’
    • ‘The thing to know about the honor is its application in stroke play vs. match play.’
    • ‘If you repair a spike mark, the penalty is two strokes, or loss of hole in match play.’
    • ‘Under Rule 15, in match play, the first person to play the wrong ball loses the hole.’
    • ‘It's been said stroke play is a truer test of golf while match play is a truer test of character.’
    • ‘I lost in the first round of match play to the guy who lost in the second round to the guy who lost in the third round to the guy who won.’
    • ‘Up to four players can play online together in a variety of match play and stroke play conditions.’
    • ‘This costs her the hole in match play or a two-stroke penalty in stroke play.’
    • ‘In match play the player farthest from the hole can make the person who hit out of turn replay the shot.’
    • ‘In match play, use your best judgment - if a timely claim is made, it will be considered by rules officials later.’
    • ‘In match play, it's imperative that you stay on top of your game.’
    • ‘By waiving them, you waive the right to keep score in stroke play and to win the hole in match play.’

Pronunciation

match play