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# What does 8 7 score mean in golf game?

Updated: 9/27/2023

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14y ago

If I understand the question, I think you're meaning to ask what does the score 8&7 mean. 8&7 would be the score of a "Match-Play" event. In a Match Play event, two players compete against each other directly, versus each player playing for himself against the rest of the field.

Because two players are competing directly against each other, there is no total score kept in terms of strokes (i.e. 2 under, 3 over, etc.). Instead, the players compete against each other on a hole by hole basis. So if on the first hole, one player takes 3 strokes to get in the hole and his opponent takes 4 strokes, the first player wins that hole, and the match play score would be recorded as 1 up after 1 hole. If the first player wins the second hole, the score would be 2 up after 2 holes.

The players go on like that for an entire 18 holes. A match finished when one player is ahead by more holes than are left to play. For instance, if a player has won 8 holes, and there are only 7 holes left to play, that player wins the match, because there is no way for his opponent to catch up, even if he wins every hole. And that match would be recorded as the victorious player winning by 8&7 (8 up with 7 to play).

Another side note, is that if both players have the same score on a hole, that hole is said to be halved, meaning neither player wins the hole.

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15y ago

'8 and 7' is a term used in match play when a golfer has won the match by being 8 holes ahead with 7 holes to play.

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