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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With just seven minutes per half and seven players on the field, the tournament's knockout match play means both high stakes and high displays of athleticism. San Francisco Chronicle, "The World's biggest rugby party is coming to San Francisco," 25 May 2018 The Golf Channel will carry the team match play events, with the schedule as follows: Tuesday Quarterfinals: 8-10:30 a.m. Tuesday Semifinals: 1-5 p.m. Tyson Alger,, "Oregon Ducks at the 2018 Men's Golf NCAA Championships: Tournament preview, how to watch," 24 May 2018 Female fans can watch women’s football matches but not matches played by men. Houston Chronicle, "Girlfriend sees trouble ahead with man’s plans for mother," 21 June 2018 Belcastro, 17, of Norwalk, won the title after a stroke play qualifying round Monday and back-to-back days of two match play rounds to reach the final against Doyle. Christopher Hanna,, "Belcastro Takes Home CT Junior Amateur Golf Championship," 12 July 2018 The top 32 players will advance to match play at Whitemarsh Valley on Wednesday and Thursday, with the two survivors squaring off Saturday in the 36-hole championship match at the same venue. Joe Juliano,, "Michael McDermott, Gregor Orlando lead Philadelphia Amateur field," 11 June 2018 Additionally, match play is much more fun when birdies rather than pars win holes. Daniel Rapaport,, "WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Preview: Field, Odds, History, Predictions," 19 Mar. 2018 Belmonte sought to become just the fourth player to start in the 24th qualifying position (using PBA's traditional head-to-head match play format) to win a major. Dennis Manoloff,, "PBA Tour 2018: Final results for Tournament of Champions (Matt O'Grady winner)," 11 Feb. 2018 Just one bad day, or running into a hot player during match play, could end Shepherd's week. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Center Grove's Erica Shepherd looking for repeat junior title, LPGA future," 14 July 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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