The Masters cut rule is a fairly unique one, NCG provides you with everything you need to know ahead of the event

The Masters cut rule is a fairly unique one and differs from the regular cut rule we see on the PGA Tour. We take a look at how the cut line is determined for the first major of the season…

A brief history of the Masters cut rule

From its first staging in 1934 until 1956, the tournament was played without a cut, but this changed for the 1957 event.

Between 1957 and 1960, the top 40 players and ties as well as those within 10 shots of the lead would make the cut after two rounds.

The Masters cut rule was later extended in 1961 to include the top 44 players and ties, and then altered once again in 2013 to include the top 50 and ties plus any players that finish round two within 10 shots of the leader.

This was changed in 2020 to the current cut rule, when the ‘within 10 of the lead’ part of the rule was axed.

How is the Masters cut rule determined?

The top 50 players and ties on the leaderboard will qualify to play over the weekend, that is how the cut it determined in the Masters.

How is this different to the standard PGA Tour cut rule?

The cut rule for regular PGA Tour events sees the top 70 advance to the weekend with the score of the 70th-placed player being the score needed to make the cut.

Any player that is level with or above the 70th-placed player on the leaderboard makes the cut and plays the final two days of the tournament.

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