Under Stableford System, players receive points based on their score on each hole in relation to par, adjusted for their handicap.
Stableford Scoring System
|Points||Strokes taken in relation to adjusted fixed score|
|0||2 strokes or more over, or no score recorded|
|1||1 stroke over|
|2||Same number of strokes|
|3||1 stroke under|
|4||2 strokes under|
|5||3 strokes under|
|6||4 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
|Points||Strokes in relation to par|
|8||Albatross (3 strokes under par)|
|5||Eagle (2 strokes under par)|
|2||Birdie (1 stroke under par)|
|−1||Bogey (1 stroke over par)|
|−3||Double bogey or worse (2 strokes or more over par)|
The Stableford System was invented by an Englishman named Barney Stableford.