How to Make the Cut at the British Open

By Steve Silverman

The British Open is the oldest of golf's major championships. Known as "The Open" in Great Britain, it is also the most prestigious tournament in the world because of its tradition. Most American golfers would probably win the U.S. Open or the Masters, but the British Open is a great tournament and a major test of a golfer's skills. In order to compete in the final two rounds, a golfer must make the cut.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Earn a spot to play in the final two rounds and compete for the championship by finishing the second round in the top 70. If there are ties for that final spot, all the players are allowed to continue. So, if the leader is two under par and there are 69 players who are five over or better, all those players qualify to continue on into the final two rounds. If there are 12 players who are six over par, those 12 players get to continue as well. Players who are seven over or worse did not make the cut.
Step 2
Play smart and aggressive golf in order to make the cut at the British Open. Many of the British Open courses are loaded with deep bunkers and hazards and the smart golfer will avoid them in order to make it past the first two rounds.
Step 3
Play a lot of low shots in the British Open. The courses tend to be wide open and wind swept. The lower the shot, the less influence the wind will have on the shot.
Step 4
Be prepared for huge double-tiered greens when playing the British Open. Putts can be well over 100 feet away from the hole here and trying to get close to avoid the three-putt can be a very difficult proposition.
Step 5
Fly to Great Britain the week before the tournament to give yourself the best chance of making the cut. Many of the top players come out early in order to get used to being in Europe and the course they are playing. Coming out a day or two before the tournament will tax your body and your psyche.

Tips & Warnings

Low shots work best at the British Open from the tee and the fairway. The courses are windy and can really hurt golfers who tend to hit the ball high.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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