Matchplay Scoring

Matchplay Scoring

In this system of scoring, each hole is played as a mini match.

The player with the lowest net score for the hole is said to win the hole, the par of each hole doesn't matter.

Effectively you aren't playing the course, as you do in strokeplay, you are playing your opponent.

So if you take four shots and your opponent takes five, you win the hole.

You are now said to be 'one-up'. Your opponent, who lost the hole, is said to be 'one-down'.

If your opponent wins the next hole, the match is 'all-square'.

If you win the next hole, you are two-up.

If both players get the same score the hole is 'halved' and the match score stays the same.

The score is kept by the number of holes up (won) and the number of holes to play. (Example: you are 2-up, with six holes to play.)

When a player is up (winning) by more holes than there are holes remaining, then the match is won or 'closed out'.

This is when you see the final score of 3&2 for example.

That means three shots up with two holes to play. The other player cannot win in this case.

A match is considered 'dormie' when one side is up by the exact number of holes that remain.

For instance if Player A is 'dormie two' that means he is two holes ahead with two holes to play.

Player B can only halve the match

Because the match is played between the two players or pairings and no-one else, players can opt to 'give' short putts rather than make their opponent hole out.

This often happens for putts within two feet. However the 'given' putt still counts as one stroke.

Sometimes if the pressure is on, players will make their opponent hole out from within this distance.

But this sort of behaviour sometimes can be frowned upon.