The British Open, officially known as the Open Championship, is the oldest major golf tournament in the world. It has been contested yearly from 1860 (with a few World War related interruptions), and has consistently employed a cut since 1926. A four round tournament, the British Open cuts the field of golfers roughly in half after the first two rounds.
After the second round of play, that is 36 holes, the top 70 golfers advance to the third and fourth rounds. In addition, any golfer tied with the 70th player also makes the cute. This means if the 70th ranked golfer has a score of 3 over par, any golfer with 3 over par or better makes the cut into the final phase of the British Open. This means the number of golfers who qualify for the latter stages of the tournament vary from year to year.
Benefits of Making the Cut
Making the cut allows the successful golfers to breath a sigh of relief. Prize money is assured for all golfers who make it to the third and fourth rounds, and simply making the cut is a sign of immense golfing ability. With less pressure, many golfers actually play better in the third and fourth rounds of the British Open.