: relating to or being a golf match in which one player competes against the best individual score of two or more players for each hole

Examples of best-ball in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Zurich Classic features a best-ball format, with the lowest score on each hole counting for the team, in the first and third rounds and an alternate-shot format in the second and fourth rounds. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 24 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of best-ball was in 1890

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“Best-ball.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/best-ball. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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