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 Another round of stroke play determines the final eight teams, which are placed into a single-elimination bracket for match play. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2024 The format is match play, which does not always favor the best team. Doug Ferguson, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 The motif for Sun Day Red — a reference to Woods' penchant for wearing red on the final day of weekend match play — will incorporate Woods’ 15 major championships into the logo of a tiger stretched. Rob Wile, NBC News, 13 Feb. 2024 That’s not a lot of match play for someone who’s been away from the game. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2024 Bryant then defeated Charlotte Hillary (Englewood, Colorado), 2&1 in the first round of match play; then Julia Zigrossi (Spencersport, New York), 7&5 before falling in the semifinals to Birmingham Alabama’s Scarlett Schremmer, 2&1 in the semifinal match at the Doherty. Gary Curreri, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 Both sides will tee up in a match play tournament at Wynn Golf Club on the Las Vegas Strip. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 17 Oct. 2023 The Plano Prestonwood Christian and Texas A&M alum shot a 75 in the second round of stroke play but still earned co-medalist honors and the top seed for match play, where she was eliminated in the first round. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 The 44th edition of the biennial Ryder Cup competition will pit the best male golfers from the United States against the best from Europe in a unique team match play format. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of match play was in 1893

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“Match play.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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