match play

noun

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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Woods and McIlroy have never faced each other in match play, except for a pair of medal match exhibitions in China earlier this decade that McIlroy won both times (67-68). Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Woods’ big run sends him to weekend against McIlroy," 30 Mar. 2019 This shockingly cynical approach evoked memories of the notorious match played out between West Germany and Austria in Spain in 1982 - a 1-0 win for the Germans in which both teams seemed to stop playing after an early goal had been scored. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Japan - Recent Form, Team News, Previous Encounter & More," 1 July 2018 Federer came into the match boasting a 19-6 lead over Berdych in matches played, and had previously won seven of their nine encounters at the Grand Slams. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Australian Open: Roger Federer advances to semifinals," 24 Jan. 2018 There has also been talk this year of expanding the Champions League, the prestigious pan-European tournament, into the sport’s main event with matches played on weekends and domestic games shunted into midweek. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "The English Premier League Has a Manchester City Problem," 9 Aug. 2018 Vegas doesn't seem to keen on Poulter's chance to sneak into the Masters, pegging the British match play specialist at +10000. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Houston Open Preview: Field, Odds, History, Predictions," 28 Mar. 2018 After 24 games, the top 24 bowled eight-game head-to-head match play rounds Thursday evening and Friday morning and evening. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "PBA Tour 2018: Live scores for PBA 60th Anniversary Classic TV finals," 18 Feb. 2018 Belmonte, who qualified for match play, is one of six two-handers in the regular field. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland.com, "PBA Tournament of Champions 2018: Scores, live leaderboard for match play," 9 Feb. 2018 Nadal has won more than 90 percent of his matches played with granules of dirt underfoot. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Eleventh heaven: Nadal As Good As Ever in Winning 11th French Open," 10 June 2018

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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