You've heard lots of talk at The Open about the cut. But what is it and how does it work? We explain The Open cut rule in all its detail

The anxious wait a player has to learn if they’re going to be playing the weekend is part of the fascination of championship golf and The Open is no exception.

Most 72-hole strokeplay events feature a cut after 36 holes, where the field is trimmed and those who’ve qualified – or ‘made the cut’ – go through to the final two rounds at the weekend.

As Friday afternoon progresses, you’ll see pundits and players talking about the ‘cut line’, the number of shots a participants needs to hit or better to ensure they will have a chance to get a big pay day by completing all four rounds.

The Open cut rule

A total of 156 players teed it up at Royal St George’s but only those who get to the end of their second round in 70th place or better make the weekend. This includes those tied for 70th.

You might sometimes also hear about the 10-shot rule, which allows anyone within that number to go through, but that is not in place at The Open.

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