A handful of top golfers are in danger of missing the cut line at the 2021 U.S. Open on Friday.
The top of the leaderboard at Torrey Pines has several previous major winners in contention. That includes Day 1 co-leader Louis Oosthuizen, who finished Thursday tied with upstart Russell Henley at 4-under par. Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm trail closely behind.
Meanwhile, players like Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth could miss the cut if they fail to reverse course Friday. Gary Woodland, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, is also flirting with the cut line at 3 over.
Nearly half of the 156-player field will miss the cut at the 2021 U.S. Open.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the U.S. Open cut line, rules and results as players jockeyed to make the weekend.
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U.S. Open cut rules
Every major on the PGA Tour has its own cut rules. For the U.S. Open, it’s simple: The top 60 players on the leaderboard after 36 holes automatically make it through to the third round, including ties.
The U.S. Open cut line is one of the most exclusive. Only the top 50 players make the cut at the Masters. The top 70 players make the cut at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.
U.S. Open cut line 2021
Louis Oosthuizen and Russell Henley are U.S. Open co-leaders after one round at 4-under par. Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello are at 3 under and a group of six is tied at 2 under. The cut line is projected to be 1 over, meaning 96 players would miss the cut at the of the end of the second round.
- Projected cut: +1
- Players within cut: 60
- Notables in danger: Phil Mickelson (+4), Collin Morikawa (+4), Jordan Spieth (+5)
How many make the cut at the U.S. Open?
The initial 156-player field will be whittled down to about 70 by the time the first group tees off Saturday morning.