How many players make the cut at the PGA Championship?
The PGA Championship is a standard strokeplay event in which those finishing outside the cut line after two days of play will not make it to the weekend for a chance to contend for the Wanamaker Trophy – but what is the PGA Championship cut rule?
Here, we give an overview of how the cut is decided at the second major of the year…
What is the PGA Championship cut rule?
The event operates with a single cut rule meaning that following the conclusion of Friday’s play, the only cut of the week will be made.
The top 70 players on the leaderboard, plus anyone tied with the 70th player will progress to the weekend. Those on a worse score will be packing their bags.
This is not a particularly unique cut style, unlike that used at the Masters, and is used at the majority of tour events, including the Open Championship.
Naturally, the cut line varies from year to year depending on how well players score. In 2018, the cut fell at even par, while a year earlier, 75 players made the cut at 1-over par and in 2015 and 2016 the cut was made at 2-over.
As with many golf events, the scores seem to be improving with each passing year, and we may well see the PGA Championship cut mark fall even further under par again.
Due to the tournament’s move up the schedule to May, it is interesting timing for a tournament in New York, which is often cool and wet around this time of year.
Because of this, it looks likely that the course will play soft and this could open the door for some great scoring and ultimately affect the cut mark.