Masters cut line 2024: Projected cut, rules, updates for Friday’s leaderboard

The Masters field remains the smallest of golf’s major tournaments. In 2024, it invited just 89 golfers to the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club to compete for the coveted green jacket.

Even fewer of those golfers will make it to the weekend.

Despite having such a small field, the Masters has always included a cut as part of its tournament. It used to have a bit more of a relaxed cut-off than its major championship counterparts, but a 2020 rule change has ensured that its weekend crowd will remain small.

Here’s what to know about the Masters cut rules and where the cut line stands as the tournament prepares for its second day of play.

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What is the cut line for 2024 Masters?

The cut line for the Masters in 2024 is 6-over par. That is three strokes higher than the cut line of 3-over in 2023.

Justin Thomas, Wyndham Clark, Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland and Dustin Johnson found themselves all amongst the 29 players that will be left watching the last two rounds from home. 

Clark’s cut from the Masters was particularly painful, as he missed the chance to remain in the field on the 18th hole, but couldn’t convert the birdie attempt. 

LIV Golf’s newest star and the 2023 Masters winner, Jon Rahm, escaped disaster and managed to remain in the field after a difficult two rounds. 

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Masters Tournament cut rules

Only the top 50 players (plus ties) make the cut at the Masters. This rule was put into effect during the 2020 iteration of the event to keep the weekend field small.

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Before the rule change, any player within 10 strokes of the leader after 36 holes advanced to the weekend. This was in addition to the top-50 players in the field (plus ties).

The rule change firmly established that the Masters cut is the most difficult among golf’s four majors. The top 60 players make the cut at the U.S. Open, and the top 70 golfers do so at the PGA Championship and the Open Championship.

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Masters 2024 cut line

With the cut line settling at 6-over par, 60 of the 89 players will continue to compete for the green jacket that’s awarded on Sunday. 

  • Cut line: 6-over par
  • Players inside cut line: 60

How many players make the cut at the Masters?

There are 89 golfers in the Masters field in 2024. Only the top 50 of the group (plus ties) will play on the weekend. The rest will be cut before the start of the third round.

In 2023, just 54 golfers managed to make the cut out of the 88-golfer field. Just 52 made the cut in 2022.

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