A handful of top golfers are at risk of missing the cup line at the 2021 US Open on Friday.
Top of the standings at Torrey Pines has several previous big winners in the game. This includes Matchday 1 co-leader Louis Oosthuizen, who finished tied with upstart Russell Henley at 4 below on Thursday. Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and Jon Rahm follow closely behind.
Meanwhile, players like Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth could miss the cup if they fail to turn the tide on Friday. 2019 US Open champion Gary Woodland is also flirting with the cup line at 3.
Nearly half of the field of 156 players will miss the cut at the 2021 US Open.
Here’s everything you need to know about the US Open cup line, rules and results as the players battled for success over the weekend.
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US Open cut rules
Each major on the PGA Tour has their own cup rules. For the US Open, it’s simple: the 60 best players in the standings after 36 holes automatically advance to the third round, including ties.
The US Open cup line is one of the most exclusive. Only the top 50 players qualify for the Masters. The top 70 players qualify for the PGA Championship and the Open Championship.
US Open 2021 Cup Line
Louis Oosthuizen and Russell Henley are the co-leaders of the US Open after a lap 4 under par. Francesco Molinari and Rafa Cabrera Bello are at 3 under and a group of six is tied at 2 under. The cup line should be greater than 1, which means 96 players would miss the cup at the end of the second round.
- Projected cut: +1
- Players inside the cup: 60
- Notables in danger: Phil Mickelson (+4), Collin Morikawa (+4), Jordan Spieth (+5)
How many qualified for the US Open?
The initial field of 156 players will be reduced to around 70 by the time the first group starts on Saturday morning.