See how many players will make it to the weekend at the US Open

Want to know the US Open cut rule? And just how many players make it? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know.

A history of the US Open cut rule

The USGA has tweaked the cut rule over the years for its prestigious major championship.

The US Open implemented its first cut in 1965 when the tournament switched from a three-day event to a four-day event. Like at the Masters, the original cut rule allowed any players within 10 shots of the leader to advance to the weekend.

This meant there was no definitive number of players who could make the cut. At the 1996 tournament at Oakland Hills, 108 players made the cut, which is way over half of the 156-man field.

In 2011, the USGA then had away with the original cut rule, adjusting the system to have only the top 60 players advance in their quest to toughen up the tournament.

So what is the US Open cut rule?

The cut rule is now much more straightforward.

To make the cut and advance to the weekend at the US Open, players need to be inside the top 60 – including ties – after the first two rounds. This is 10 spots fewer than The Open and the PGA Championship, which allows the lowest 70 players into the weekend.

In 2021, 71 players made the cut at Torrey Pines.

At age 61, Sam Snead is the oldest player to ever make the cut at the US Open, finishing T29 in in 1973.


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