In match play the situation is a bit different. The player with the lowest playing handicap doesn’t get any handicap strokes and plays at scratch. The other players receive the difference between their own playing handicap and that of the player with the lowest playing handicap.
In UK and Ireland a player competing from a set of tees with a different CR/par than other players receives more or fewer strokes for the round, depending on the difference between the CRs/pars. Therefore, for golfers competing in GB&I there is a separate calculator with the appropriate adjustment in the Playing Handicap calculation .
The handicap strokes are awarded per holes² depending on the Stroke Index (abbreviation on scorecards: SI, HCP or HDCP) of a particular hole. The Stroke Index of each golf hole is defined as the difficulty of one hole in comparison to other holes on the same course. They are numbered from 1 to 18 (9 for 9-hole courses). Stroke Index = 1 is the hardest hole and Stroke Index = 18 is the easiest hole.
update: November 2020