British Open cut line: Cut rules and projected cut for 2019 British Open at Royal Portrush

July 19, 2019

UPDATE (10:15 a.m. ET): Tiger Woods finished bogey-bogey to shoot 70 and finish six over for the week, which will miss the cut. The cut remains at one over but could still change.


Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are just a couple of the big names who need to go low at Royal Portrush on Friday to avoid the British Open cut line.

Woods shot 78 in the first round and McIlroy signed for a 79. While it’s a long shot for both to tee it up on Saturday, there’s still a chance.

British Open cut rule

The Open’s cut line is the low 70 players plus ties, although there is no 10-stroke rule for players within that margin of the lead. There’s also no 54-hole cut at The Open.

British Open projected cut

Currently, at just past 1 p.m. local time and at 8 a.m. on the East Coast, the projected cut is one over as the afternoon wave begins to tee off. While earlier this morning it seemed likely that number would jump to two over, players enjoyed prime conditions at Portrush, although heavy rain is forecasted for the afternoon.

Woods is three under through 11 holes on Friday but is still four over for the championship, and McIlroy sits at eight over with an afternoon tee time awaiting.

Already outside of the cut line and needing to make moves during their afternoon tee times are Xander Schauffele (three over), Zach Johnson (three over), defending champ Francesco Molinari (three over), Bryson DeChambeau (three over), U.S. Open winner Gary Woodland (three over) and Phil Mickelson (five over).

You can follow the second round of The Open here, and check out scores on our leaderboard here.

This post will be updated as the projected cut changes throughout the day.

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