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Green in Regulation (GIR)

Definition of the golf term and statistical category

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Jim Furyk green in regulation

Jim Furyk got to claim a green in regulation on this hole.

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"Green in regulation," often abbreviated GIR, is a statistical category on the professional golf tours, as well as a popular method for amateurs and recreational players to rate their rounds.

To achieve a green in regulation, your golf ball must be on the putting surface in the expected number of strokes in relation to par. The par for a hole always includes two putts, so to achieve a GIR:

  • On a par-3, you must reach the green with your first shot (on the green in one, two putts for par).
  • On a par-4, you must reach the green in two shots (on the green in two, two putts for par).
  • On a par-5, you must reach the green in three shots.

To claim a GIR, your ball must be on the putting surface. Being 1-inch off the green, in the fringe, but still able to putt the ball does not count. The ball must be on the putting surface.

Also Known As: GIR, greenie (slang)

Alternate Spellings: Greens in regulation

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