U.S. Open Cut Rules

By Patrick Foley

The U.S. Open is known for being the toughest major and most challenging golf course for tour professionals. This tournament, every year, leaves players struggling to make par and generally any round in the 70s is great. The cut rules for the U.S. Open are very particular.

US Open Cut Rules

The top sixty golfers after the first two rounds make the cut, plus any ties. The ties assure that golfers with identical scores are not arbitrarily cut. For example, if 50 golfers are at +2 or better, and 14 golfers have a score of +3, all 14 golfers will make the cut. This means that there is no actual cut off in the number of golfers allowed into the second round, and in 1996 a record 108 golfers made the cut. 

Reasons for Cut Rules

The cut line is put in place to keep the playing field relatively even on Saturday and Sunday. This assures that anyone playing the last two rounds has a reasonable chance of winning the U.S. Open. 

Average Cut Line

The average cut will be between five and ten over par, though in 2003 it was a record low of +3. This tournament is always set up with extreme difficulty and the best players in the world have a tough time getting around the course unscathed.

Long Lasting Major

A tournament since 1895, the U.S. Open has a long-lasting tradition and it is always one of the most exciting golf tournaments to watch.


About The Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.

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