28 Sep '12, 10pm

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For a player or foursome partners to be 'dormie' in matchplay is to be as many holes up as there as holes remaining, ie a half at any hole is good enough to win the match. The word 'dormie' on its own is sufficient, but it is often expressed as 'dormie four' or 'dormie three', etc.., depending on the circumstances. (Note that 'dormie' can only apply in matches where there is no 'going down the 19th', playing extra holes to decide the outcome. In the Ryder or Walker Cups, matches can be halved. In the WGC Matchplay Championship, every match must be played until a winner emerges.) We know of two possible origins for the word, although most dictionaries simply list the etymology of 'dormie' as unknown. The august USGA Museum explains the term as being a corruption of the French word 'dormir', meaning to sleep, the theory being that since a player who is 'dormie' can no longer...

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