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Triple bogey three strokes over par In a typical professional tournament or among "scratch" amateur players, "birdie-bogey" play is common; a player will "lose" a stroke by bogeying a hole, then "gain" one by scoring a birdie. Eagles are uncommon but not rare; however, only 18 players have scored an albatross in a men's major championship.

Basic forms of golf There are two basic forms of golf play, match play and stroke play. Stroke play is more popular. Match play Two players or two teams play each hole as a separate contest against each other in what is called match play.

The party with the lower score wins that hole, or if the scores of both players or teams are equal the hole is "halved" or tied. The game is won by the party that wins more holes than the other. In the case that one team or player has taken a lead that cannot be overcome in the number of holes remaining to be played, the match is deemed to be won by the party in the lead, and the remainder of the holes are not played.

At any given point, if the lead is equal to the number of holes remaining, the party leading the match is said to be "dormie", and the match is continued until the party increases the lead by one hole or ties any of the remaining holes, thereby winning the match, or until the match ends in a tie History course the lead player's opponent winning all remaining holes.

When the game is tied after the predetermined number of holes have been played, it may be continued until one side takes a one-hole lead. Stroke play is the game most commonly played by professional golfers.

If there is a tie after the regulation number of holes in a professional tournament, a playoff takes place between all tied players.

Playoffs either are sudden death or employ a pre-determined number of holes, anywhere from three to a full In sudden death, a player who scores lower on a hole than all of his opponents wins the match. If at least two players remain tied after such a playoff using a pre-determined number of holes, then play continues in sudden death format, where the first player to win a hole wins the tournament.

Other forms of play The other forms of play in the game of golf are bogey competition, skins, 9-points, stableford, team play, and unofficial team variations.

Bogey competition A bogey competition is a scoring format sometimes seen in at informal tournaments. Its scoring is similar to match play, except each player compares their hole score to the hole's par rating instead of the score of another player.

The player "wins" the hole if they score a birdie or better, they "lose" the hole if they score a bogey or worse, and they "halve" the hole by scoring par. By recording only this simple win-loss-halve score on the sheet, a player can shrug off a very poorly-played hole with a simple "-" mark and move on.

As used in competitions, the player or pair with the best win-loss "differential" wins the competition. Skins What's known as the skins game is a variation on the match play where each hole has an amount of money called "skin" attached to it. The lump sum may be prize money at the professional level the most famous event to use these rules was the " LG Skins Game ", played at Indian Wells Golf Resort in California untilor an amount wagered for each hole among amateur players.

The player with the lowest score on the hole wins the skin for that hole; if two or more players tie for the lowest score, the skin carries over to the next hole. The game continues until a player wins a hole outright, which may and evidently often does result in a player receiving money for a previous hole that they had not tied for.

If players tie the 18th hole, either all players or only the tying players repeat the 18th hole until an outright winner is decided for that hole—and all undecided skins.

The player with the lowest score on a hole receives five points, the next-lowest score 3 and the next-lowest score 1. Ties are generally resolved by summing the points contested and dividing them among the tying players; a two-way tie for first is worth four points to both players, a two-way tie for second is worth two points to both players, and a three-way tie is worth three points to each player.

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The player with the highest score after 18 holes in which there are points to be awarded wins the game. This format can be used to wager on the game systematically; players each contribute the same amount of money to the pot, and a dollar value is assigned to each point scored or each point after 18 based on the amount of money in the pot, with any overage going to the overall winner.

Alternately stated, a double bogey or worse is zero points, a bogey is worth one point, par is two, a birdie three, an eagle four, and so on.

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The advantages of this system over stroke play are a more natural "higher is better" scoring, the ability to compare Stableford scores between plays on courses with different total par scores scoring an "even" in stroke play will always give a Stableford score of 36discouraging the tendency to abandon the entire game after playing a particularly bad hole a novice playing by strict rules may score as high as an 8 or 10 on a single difficult hole; their Stableford score for the hole would be zero, which puts them only two points behind par no matter how badly they playedand the ability to simply pick up one's ball once it is impossible to score any points for the hole, which speeds play.

As with the original system, the highest score wins the game, and terrible scores on one or two holes won't wreck an entire game, but this system rewards "bogey-birdie" play more than the original, encouraging golfers to try to make the riskier birdie putt or eagle chipshot instead of simply parring each hole.

For example, if players "A" and "B" form a team, "A" tees off on the first hole, "B" will play the second shot, "A" the third, and so on until the hole is finished.

On the second hole, "B" will tee off regardless who played the last putt on the first holethen "A" plays the second shot, and so on. Foursomes can be played as match play or stroke play. Fourballs can be played as match play or stroke play. Every player then plays their second shot from within a clublength of where the best shot has come to rest and no closer to the holeand the procedure is repeated until the hole is finished.

This system is very common at informal tournaments such as for charity, as it speeds play due to the reduced number of shots taken from bad liesallows teams of varying sizes, and allows players of widely varying skill levels to participate without profoundly affecting team score.

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