See how many players will make it to the weekend at The Open Championship
Want to know what the cut rule is at The Open? And see just how many players make it? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know…
A history of The Open cut rule
The Open Championship is the oldest major in golf, first contested in 1860. The cut rule – where a select number of players make it through to the weekend – was first implemented at The Open in 1926, where it has remained in place ever since.
Historically, The Open has had the fewest cutline changes of all four majors. But the rule has experienced some change throughout the tournament’s prestigious history.
Between 1968 and 1985, the R&A implemented a ‘double cut’, which involved a normal cut after 36 holes, followed by an additional cut after 54 holes.
The Open cut rule
To make the cut and advance to the weekend at The Open, players need to be inside the top 70 – including ties – after the first two rounds of play. This is the same number as the PGA Championship, and 10 places more than at the US Open.
The exact number of players who make the cut therefore varies from year to year depending on the amount of ties on the cutline. In 2021, 77 players made the cut at The Open.
At age 64, Tom Watson is the oldest player to ever make the cut at The Open, doing so in 2014 at Hoylake.