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.


Bill F.  Scored 85 at  Red Tail Devens, Massachusetts

Henry B. joined GolfLink
Robert E. joined GolfLink

Jonathan H. added Friendly Hills to Favorites

Katie W. joined GolfLink

View Activity Feed

Video of the Day
Tee Box Alignment Work Watch Video>>

Related Articles

Article Image FedEx Cup Playoffs: Changes to 2019

The FedExCup Playoffs have undergone an overhaul for the 2019 PG...

Article Image PGA Tour: When Can Professional Golfers Use Golf Carts? 

John Daly. Getty Images Golf carts are standard on most courses an...

Article Image List of Winners of the Masters Golf Tournament

The Masters golf tournament was the co-creation of golfing legend...

Article Image 2019 Rule Changes Every Golfer Needs to Know

The Royal & Ancient Club of St. Andrews and the U.S. Golf Assoc...

Article Image FedEx Cup Playoffs Changes for 2019

photo credit: Keyur Kamar/PGA Tour The PGA Tour has announced that...

View All Related Articles