Match Play: A Form of Golf
Match Play is a form of golf that has some definite rules in scoring system. In this form, the score occurs for a player for each of the holes where they have performed better than their opponents do. Even though most of the professional tournaments are played following the rules of stroke play, yet some of the famous tournaments follow match play. Unlike stroke play, match play is all about the individual holes that are won, lost or halved. The maximum point that can be gained on a single hole is one.
The game is played with counting the number of strokes that are required to get the ball to a hole. Now, the score is awarded in such a way where the golfer with minimum number of strokes has one point for a particular hole. In case, the numbers of strokes tie up with the golfers, then the point is halved. At the end of the match, the one with the maximum number of points wins the game.
It often happens that until the end of the match, all the holes are square. In such cases, the game continues unless any player wins a hole. This process is technically known as sudden death. In case of team tournaments, the process of sudden death is not how the winner is decided. The matches are played over a period of some days. Each hole when tied is halved. The matches are played in different formats. The team with maximum points at the end of the period wins.