How to Play a 2-Man Scramble Golf Tournament

Two golfers on the tee waiting to hit drives
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A 2-Man Scramble is a competition format that is exactly what it sounds like: a scramble in which the teams consist of two players each (rather than the more common 4-person scramble). After each shot, the best of the two shots is selected and both players play from that spot. Repeat, until the ball is holed. One team score is recorded.

Playing the 2-Man Scramble

Golfer A and Golfer B form our team in a 2-Man Scramble tournament.

On the first tee, both golfers hit drives. They compare the results. Which ball is in the best position? Let's say Golfer B's drive is best. So Golfer A picks up his ball and moves it to the location of Golfer B's.

Both golfers hit their second shots from that location. They compare the results of the second strokes and, again, select the ball in the best position. The other golfer moves his ball to that location.

And so on, until the golf ball is holed to record the team score.

  • For more, watch the video "What Is a Scramble?" It demonstrates the scramble format using a 2-person team.

Handicaps In a 2-Person Scramble

How are team handicaps determined for a 2-Person Scramble? The governing bodies do not provide recommendations for handicapping scrambles. However, one generally accepted method for a 2-man scramble is to use these handicap allowances:

  • 35-percent of Golfer A's course handicap;
  • 15-percent of Golfer B's course handicap.

    Add those together for the team handicap. Golfer A is the lower-handicapped player on the team, Golfer B the higher-handicapped.

    Let's do an example. Say Golfer A's handicap is 8 and Golfer B's is 21. Thirty-five percent of 8 is 2.8; 15 percent of 21 is 3.15. So add 2.8 and 3.15 to get 5.95, and this team's scramble handicap is 6 (round up or down to the nearest whole number).