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    Sand Wedge Martin B is on a distinguished road
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    Handicap and Match Play Question

    Al and Bob played a match, with Al giving Bob five strokes. The match was all square after 18 holes. The competition rules called for the match to continue in sudden death, starting on hole #1.

    On the tee, Bob pointed out that that hole was handicap #5, so he gets a stroke.

    Al disagreed, saying that they were still playing the match and that Bob only got five strokes, which he already used.

    Who's correct?

    (In the actual match, Al had a bogie while Bob shot par, so the stroke was not an issue.)

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    Hall of Fame spackler is on a distinguished road spackler's Avatar
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    Bob is correct.

    The USGA recommends:

    (i) Match Play
    A match that ends all square should be played off hole by hole until one side wins a hole. The play-off should start on the hole where the match began. In a handicap match, handicap strokes should be allowed as in the stipulated round.
    In section 9-6 of the handicap manual.

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    Al is a player who wants an advantage. If the playoff goes 18 holes and Bob were to get no strokes over the playoff how is that fair?
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