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British Open cut rule explained

British Open cut rule explained: Who makes the weekend

The British Open — the oldest of golf’s four majors — is underway from Carnoustie.

Halfway through play, the field was narrowed. Here’s how the cut rule works at the Open Championship:

  • There is just one cut, which takes place after 36 holes.
  • Any player in 70th place or better (including ties) makes the cut and will continue to play the final 36 holes. Anyone in 71st place or worse is cut.

At the start of the tournament, there were 156 golfers in the field, so the cut line should cut the field almost in half, though when ties are taken into account, the exact number can vary widely.


Unlike some tournament cut lines, there is no 10-shot rule, which would guarantee any player within 10 shots of the lead would make the cut.

For the 2018 tournament, the cut line was at 3-over, so the 79 players who finished 3-over or better continued into the weekend.

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The Open’s current format is what’s known as a single cut, thought the championship was played under a double cut rule from 1968 through 1985, with one cut after 36 holes, and another after 54 holes.