match play


Definition of match play

: golf competition in which the winner is the person or team winning the greater number of holes — compare stroke play

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And since her maternity leave—and, perhaps relevantly, a brutal custody battle—the wins have been hard to come by…which means match play has been hard to come by. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: Can Serena Williams Win the U.S. Open?," 14 Aug. 2019 Winning an eighth would rank as one of her more remarkable achievements based on her age, 37, and her lack of match play in a season full of injuries and frustration. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams Reminds the Wimbledon Field That She Is Still a Force," 6 July 2019 Slama qualified second for match play after OSU incoming freshman Isabelle Taylor won the stroke play medal by 10 strokes with a 4-under 140., "Oregon State rising juniors Ellie Slama, Spencer Tibbits win Oregon Amateur golf titles," 22 June 2019 These tournaments are great for just getting some match play and the competition. Gary Curreri,, "Teen tennis player reaches finals in Delray Beach competition," 12 Sep. 2019 The 2016 WTT Female MVP, Gibbs was diagnosed with a rare salivary gland cancer in the spring and is just now making a return to match play. Matt Szabo,, "Orange County Breakers reloaded for 2019 season," 11 July 2019 On Thursday, Tennant and Wooster squared off once again in the match play final. oregonlive, "Portland’s Lara Tennant repeats as U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur champion," 30 Aug. 2019 The field will be cut to 64 players after today’s second round of stroke play, followed with match play starting Wednesday. Josh Bean |, al, "Alabama golf commit tied atop leaderboard at U.S. Women’s Amateur," 6 Aug. 2019 Minnesota became the 27th state — Washington, D.C., has hosted too — with a U.S. men’s national team match played within its borders., "Newcomer Tyler Boyd scores twice as U.S. routs Guyana 4-0 in Gold Cup opener," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of match play

1893, in the meaning defined above

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15 Oct 2019

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to fake an opponent out of position

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