Meaning of “match play” in the English Dictionary

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"match play" in British English

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match playnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈmætʃ ˌpleɪ/ us /ˈmætʃ ˌpleɪ/

a type of golf competition between two, three, or four players, where your score is calculated by how many holes you win rather than how many hits you take to complete the 18 holes:

He said that he wouldn't be playing in the Ryder Cup because he wasn't interested in match play.
She won three world match play championships in the 1980s.

(Definition of “match play” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)