Definition of match play in English:

match play


  • Play in golf in which the score is reckoned by counting the holes won by each side, as opposed to the number of strokes taken.

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


match play

/ˈmaCH ˌplā/