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Match Play: Match Play is the game played by holes instead of by strokes.
Reckoning of Hole (status of match): Reckoning of holes is kept by the terms: so many “holes up,” or “all square” and so many “holes to play.”
Halved Hole: A hole is halved when each side holes out in the same number of strokes.
All Square: A match is all square when each side has won the same number of holes as the other side, or when each hole has been halved.
Dormie: A match is dormie when a side is as many holes up as there are holes remaining to be played.
Concession of next stroke, hole or match (Rule 2-4): When the opponent’s ball is at rest or is deemed to be at rest under Rule 16-2, the player may concede the opponent to have holed out with his next stroke and the ball may be removed by either side with a club or otherwise. A player may concede a hole or a match at any time prior to the conclusion of the hole or the match. Concession of a stroke, hole or match may not be declined or withdrawn.
The field will be divided into 16 four-player groups. Players in the field assigned a seed number for the competition determined by their position on the Official World Rankings, as of Monday the week of the tournament (March 15, 2021 – after THE PLAYERS Championship). The highest ranked player in the field Seed #1, and the lowest ranked player in the field Seed #64.
Players are then placed into four pools of 16 players.
• 1-16 - Pool A
• 17-32 - Pool B
• 33-48 - Pool C
• 49-64 - Pool D
The top 16 players will be the top player in each of the 16 groups. So the No. 1 seed is the top player in Group 1, No. 2 seed is the top player in Group 2 and so on. The remaining players in each group will be picked randomly live on the Golf Channel as part of the Dell Technologies Match Play Draw show.
During group play (rounds 1, 2 and 3) players play 18 hole matches against each of the other players in their group. Matches played to either a conclusion or a halve. Matches all square after 18 holes are not extended. Points awarded to players based on results of each match as follows: Winner 1 point, Loser 0 point, Halved each player ½ point.
Group Play (Round Robin) Matches - 18 hole matches played to either a conclusion or a halve (matches will not be extended beyond 18 holes).
• Wednesday, Round 1 – 32 matches (64 players)
• Thursday, Round 2 – 32 matches (64 players)
• Friday, Round 3 – 32 matches (64 players)
The player in each group with the highest point total at the end of group play advances to the 16-player, single-elimination matches. In the event two or more players in a group are equal with the highest point totals, a stroke play hole-by-hole playoff will determine the player that advances to the 16 player, single-elimination matches.
Group play hole-by-hole playoffs will be conducted after the matches in a group are complete and after all of the group play matches have started their third-round match. Group play hole-by-hole playoffs will start on the first hole and play holes 1 through 18 in sequence repeated if necessary, until the player is determined who will advance to the elimination play matches.
Single-elimination matches - 18 hole matches played to a conclusion. No halved matches. Matches all square after 18 holes will be extended until a winner is determined.
Round 4 - Saturday morning - Eight matches (16 players) - winners advance to round 5/quarter-final matches. Matches all square after 18 holes in round 4 extended on holes 10 through 18 and repeated if necessary.
Round 5 - Saturday afternoon – Four quarter-final matches (eight players) - winners advance to round 6 (semi-final) matches. Matches all square after 18 holes in rounds 5 are extended on holes 12 through 18 and repeated if necessary.
Round 6 - Sunday morning – Two semi-final matches (four players) - winners advance to the championship match, losers advance to match for third place. Matches all square after 18 holes in rounds 6 are extended on holes 12 through 18 and repeated if necessary.
Round 7 - Sunday afternoon – Consolation match for third place (two players) and championship match (two players). Matches all square after 18 holes in rounds 7 are extended on holes 12 through 18 and repeated if necessary.
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