Four-ball golf

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Fourball is a playing format in the game of golf. It is also known as best ball or more properly better ball.

In a stroke play competition, competitors are paired and play as a team. Each golfer plays his own ball; the team's score on each hole is the lower of the two players' scores. Only one of a pair is required to complete each hole. The winners are the team with the lowest aggregate score over a set number of holes.[1] Since 2017 this format, along with foursomes, has been used by the Zurich Classic on the PGA Tour.

In a match play competition, a fourball consists of two teams of two players competing directly against each other. All four golfers play their own balls throughout the round (rather than alternating shots); each hole is won by the team whose member has the lowest score.[1] This form of golf is commonly played in team golf competitions such as the Ryder Cup,[2] Solheim Cup, and Presidents Cup.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Rules of Golf – Definitions". USGA. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  2. ^ "Singles, foursomes, and fourballs". BBC Sport. 2005-10-06. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
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