Most golf matches require the golfer to calculate the number of strokes taken per hole. The Stableford system, on the other hand, gives the golfer a number of points for each hole depending on how he shoots in relation to par. Unlike a traditional round, the object is to finish with the highest score, rather than the lowest.
The Point System
In traditional Stableford scoring, points are awarded based on your performance against a fixed score predetermined for each hole. Usually that’s in relation to par, though it doesn't have to be -- high-handicap golfers may have more fun by adding a stroke or two to that number. Golfers receive six points for shooting 4-under the hole's fixed score, and five points for shooting 3-under. Beating the hole's value by 2 shots earns four points; by 1 shot earns three points; hitting the value on the nose, two points; and shooting 1-over, one point. Anything higher than 1-over par earns a zero.
Modified Stableford Scoring
Modified Stableford scoring is used in select PGA Tour events. This is calculated in relation to par and features both positive and negative numbers. A double eagle earns a golfer eight points, an eagle earns five points, a birdie earns two and a par earns zero. Poor performances are penalized, however. A bogey costs a player one point; score a double bogey or worse and subtract three. Because of this scoring system, a golfer who alternates birdies and bogeys fares better than one who consistently pars every hole.
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