A handful of top golfers are in danger of missing the cut line at the 2020 Masters on Friday.
The top of the leaderboard at Augusta National is full of low scores, padded by the soft conditions during Thursday’s Round 1 following morning showers that briefly suspended play. That includes Day 2 co-leaders Paul Casey, Dylan Frittelli and Dustin Johnson, who each shot 7-under 65s to set the pace in the first round. They narrowly lead Justin Thomas and Sungjae Im, who enter Friday at 6-under. Defending Masters champion Tiger Woods is in a tie for 10th at 4-under par.
Former major winners Jordan Spieth (+2) and Rory McIlroy (+3) were unable to take advantage of the friendly first-round conditions and could find themselves on the chopping block Friday with more stringent cut rules in place at Augusta.
There are 92 players in the 2020 Masters field after Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann withdrew due to positive COVID-19 tests.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the Masters cut line, rules and results as players jockey to make the weekend.
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Masters cut rules
There is a rule change in play to make the cut at the Masters in 2020. Only the top 50 players (plus ties) on the leaderboard will remain for Saturday and Sunday, a new hard cut put into place by Augusta officials to keep the weekend field small due to limited daylight in November.
Beginning with the 2020 Masters Tournament, the low 50 players and ties will qualify for the final 36 holes. This is the first change to the cut since 2013.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) November 9, 2020
Since 2013, any player within 10 strokes of the clubhouse leader after 36 holes would have advanced to Round 3 in addition to the top 50 automatic qualifiers.
The new rule ensures the Masters cut is now the most difficult of golf’s four majors. The top 60 players make the cut at the U.S. Open, while the top 70 players make the cut at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.
Masters cut line 2020
Dustin Johnson and Sungjae Im are the current leaders at 8-under par, followed by Paul Casey, Abraham Ancer and Dylan Frittelli at 6-under. Several golfers are within two strokes of the leaders.
The cut line is currently projected to be 1-under par, meaning 38 players would miss the cut at of the end of the second round.
- Projected cut: -1
- Players within cut: 54
- Notables in danger: Rafa Cabrera Bello (+1), Jordan Spieth (+2), Shane Lowry (+2)
How many make the cut at the Masters?
The initial 92-player field will be whittled down to 50 by the time the first group tees off Saturday morning.
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