What Is A Bogey In Golf?

What Is A Bogey In Golf?

What Is A Bogey
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Learn what a bogey in golf is here.

What Is A Bogey In Golf?

A bogey in golf is one of the most common terms, with golfers of all abilities producing at least a few every round.

But what is a bogey? We find out here.

What Is A Bogey In Golf?

A bogey is where a player takes one more shot than the par of the hole. So if a player is playing a par-3 and they make a four, or they are playing a par-4 and make five, it is a bogey.

Moreover, there are other variations of a bogey. For example, a double bogey is where you make two shots more than the par of the hole, and a triple bogey is where you take three shots more than the par.

What Is A Bogey

Jon Rahm reacts after a missed putt on the 11th green during Day Two of the Scottish Open. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Bogies are common during a round of golf, but sometimes it has been known for Tour players to complete a 72-hole tournament without a single dropped shot.

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The first player to complete a 72-hole PGA Tour event without a bogey was Lee Trevino, who won the 1974 Greater New Orleans Open.

The longest bogey-free streak recorded on Tour came from Jin Young Ko in 2019, who eclipsed Tiger Woods' record of 110 holes without a bogey.

What Is A Bogey

Ko poses with the Canadian Pacific Women's Open Trophy. (Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Making a bogey in the third round of the Women's Open Championship, she would then play (and win) the CP Women's Open with nothing worse than a par.

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Finally, on the ninth hole of the Cambia Portland Classic, Ko made a bogey. Ending her streak at 114  holes in a row.

Matt Cradock
Freelance Staff Writer

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.