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US Open cut line 2021: Projected cut, rules, updates for Friday’s leaderboard

A handful of top golfers are in danger of missing the cut line at the 2021 U.S. Open on Friday.

The top of the leaderboard at Torrey Pines contains some unfamiliar names at the moment. Richard Bland and Russell Henley (-5) will lead the tournament after 36 holes. The group chasing him contains more familiar names, such as Louis Oosthuizen (-4), Matthew Wolff (-4), Jon Rahm (-3) and Bubba Watson (-3).

Meanwhile, players like Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth were in danger of missing the cut at various points Friday. Gary Woodland, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, was also flirting with the cut line at 3 over.

More than half of the 156-player field will miss the cut at the 2021 U.S. Open, in all likelihood.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the U.S. Open cut line, rules and results as players jockeyed to make the weekend.

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U.S. Open cut rules

Every major on the PGA Tour has its own cut rules. For the U.S. Open, it’s simple: The top 60 players on the leaderboard after 36 holes automatically make it through to the third round, including ties.

The U.S. Open cut line is one of the most exclusive. Only the top 50 players make the cut at the Masters. The top 70 players make the cut at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.

U.S. Open cut line 2021

Richard Bland and Russell Henley are leading the U.S. Open at 5 under par in the second round. Louis Oosthuizen and Matthew Wolff are one back at 4 under. Jon Rahm and Bubba Watson are next at 3 under. The cut line is projected to be 4 over, meaning 85 players would miss the cut at the end of the second round.

Projected cut: +4Players within cut: 71Notables below cut line: Erik van Rooyen (+5), Zach Johnson (+6), Matt Kuchar (+6)

How many make the cut at the U.S. Open?

The initial 156-player field will be whittled down to about 70 by the time the first group tees off Saturday morning.

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