What Is The Stableford System In Golf?

Two Guys PuttingThe Stableford System is an alternate scoring system for golf that is designed to reward a player for taking risks.

Under Stableford System, players receive points based on their score on each hole in relation to par, adjusted for their handicap.

Stableford Scoring System

PointsStrokes taken in relation to adjusted fixed score
02 strokes or more over, or no score recorded
11 stroke over
2Same number of strokes
31 stroke under
42 strokes under
53 strokes under
64 strokes under

In the Stableford System, the worst score is “0,” so once a competitor is two or more adjusted strokes over par, the ball can be picked up.

One advantage of the Stableford System is that it produces competitive results with disparate skills. A player who has a tendency to “blow up” on a few holes will not run up a huge score, because “0” is the worst result. Further, knowing that the worst possibility is a “0,” a player can try that “one in a million” shot rather than playing safe and chipping out of a bad situation.

The PGA TOUR has used a Modified Stableford System for the International, and now the Barracuda Championship:

Modified Stableford Scoring System

PointsStrokes in relation to par
8Albatross (3 strokes under par)
5Eagle (2 strokes under par)
2Birdie (1 stroke under par)
−1Bogey (1 stroke over par)
−3Double bogey or worse (2 strokes or more over par)

The Stableford System was invented by an Englishman named Barney Stableford.


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