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
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x