A handful of top golfers are in danger of losing the cutoff line at the 2021 US Open on Friday.
The top of the standings at Torrey Pines has several previous major winners in dispute. That includes Day 1 co-leader Louis Oosthuizen, who finished Thursday tied with upstart Russell Henley at par 4 under. Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm follow closely behind.
Meanwhile, players like Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth could lose the cut if they don’t reverse course on Friday. Gary Woodland, the 2019 US Open champion, is also flirting with the cut-off line at 3 more.
Nearly half of the 156-player field will miss the cut at the 2021 US Open.
Here’s everything you need to know about the US Open cut-off line, the rules and the results as the players contested each other over the weekend.
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US Open Cut Rules
Every major on the PGA Tour has their own rules of the court. For the US Open, it’s simple: the top 60 players on the leaderboard after 36 holes automatically advance to the third round, including draws.
The US Open cutting line is one of the most exclusive. Only the top 50 players make the cut at the Masters. The top 70 players make the cut in the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.
US Open Cut Line 2021
Louis Oosthuizen and Russell Henley are co-leaders of the US Open after a round at par 4 under. Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello are at 3 under and a group of six is tied at 2 under. The cut-off line is projected to be 1 more, which means that 96 players would lose the cut at the end of the second round.
- Projected cut: +1
- Players within the court: 60
- Notables in danger: Phil Mickelson (+4), Collin Morikawa (+4), Jordan Spieth (+5)
How many make the cut at the US Open?
The starting field of 156 players will be reduced to about 70 by the time the first group leaves on Saturday morning.