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

Examples of match play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sun Devils had gone into match play as the top seed after finishing as the top team through the four rounds of stroke play. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 25 May 2022 Oregon is headed to the final round of stroke play at the NCAA women’s golf Championship and in a strong position for one of the top seeds in match play. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 May 2022 Oregon finished stroke play in second place and advances to face San Jose State in match play at the NCAA women’s golf Championship. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 23 May 2022 Jon Rahm of Spain in match play at the Ryder Cup — closed him out with three holes to play. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 The Wildcats then averaged 220 in their three victories in the final and 187 overall in the match play. James Weber, The Enquirer, 18 Mar. 2021 The cut for match play came at 15-over 149, with five players vying for the final spot in the match-play draw . . . BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2021 The 156-player field will be whittled down to 64 players after two rounds of stroke play, and from there five rounds of match play commence to decide a champion. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 13 July 2021 The Eagles didn’t drop a game and improved to 7-1 in dual match play and 3-0 in section matches with the win on Thursday. Al.com Reports, al, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of match play

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of match play was in 1893

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19 Jun 2022

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“Match play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/match%20play. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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