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Breaking down cut line for the 2022 Open Championship

It’s Friday at Open Championship, and with Day 2 comes the pairing of the field. We break down where the cut line stands throughout the day.

Sam Burns of The United States tees off the 3rd hole during Day One of The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course on July 14, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Update 4:40 p.m. ET With just three groups on the course, the players at even par will make the weekend. Expect about 84 players to survive the cut and play for the record $14 million prize pool.

Update 3:00 p.m. ET There are now 67 players on -1, and 15 on even par with just 33 players still on the course. It looks for those at even par, but it’s not settled yet.

Update 1:35 p.m. ET We’re in about the same spot here 90 minutes later, as 68 players are -1 or better, and 15 more on even par. It’s those 15 that are truly on the bubble, and four of them are still on the course in Robert MacIntyre, Adri Arnaus, Takumi Kanaya, and Alexander Bjork. Kanaya just made the turn, and Bjork is on the 6th hole presently. If two more players get to -1 or better, the bubble bursts and the cut line becomes -1.

There’s a lot to go, but also a lot of nervous players watching the TV in the clubhouse.

Update 12:05 p.m. ET Those projected harder conditions? They aren’t really happening, and it might effect how many players make it to Saturday. 85 players are now even or better, but 68 of them are -1 or better. Just two more golfers going from even to -1, and -1 becomes the cut line with all the level par players being left at home.

Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Wyndham Clark, Sungjae Im and Sebastian Munoz are amongst those in the clubhouse at even. Now they need to root against their fellow competitors to keep their Open alive.

Update 10:50 a.m. ET 83 players are even or better, but a whopping 21 of them are on even exactly. That seems to lean towards the number being exactly even for the weekend. Also the course conditions are starting to change and the wind is shifting, so it’s about the time of day where things will be much more difficult for those still on the course.

If it holds, Justin Harding, Max Homa, and Louis Oosthuizen will be amongst those unable to make the weekend as they’ve all finished at +1 after 36 holes.

Update 8:40 a.m. ET It’s still on even for now, with 81 golfers on that number or better. Many groups have yet to tee off on these marathon days at the Old Course thanks to some extra long amounts of sunshine available.

The 2016 Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson is finished at +1, and he’ll need the field to come back to him with some fierce afternoon conditions to be able to play the weekend.

Update 7:18 a.m. ET Some favorable conditions at St Andrews has yet to move the cut line down to -1, but that could be in the offing. 81 golfers are at even or better as of now, including 15 exactly on the number.

But that won’t be enough for Bernd Wiesberger (+4) or upset pick by some Haotong Li (+5), as they are in the house and heading home.

Teeing off the second round of the 2022 Open Championship, 156 players will be pared down only those in the Top 70 at St Andrews. The groups will remain all threesomes today, with twosomes expected tomorrow after the field is

The first trios teed off Friday at 1:35 a.m. ET, and with the wildly varying weather conditions on the coast of Scotland, it might be a bit before we know what the final cut number will be. We should have a solid idea of what the final cut line could be around breakfast time in the United States, but keep in mind yesterday the Old Course played much harder for those with afternoon tee times than those who started earlier

How is the cut line determined?

The cut line at 36 holes is the top 70 players plus those tied at the end of that group.

What is the projected cut line for the Open Championship as of now?

Entering Friday’s play, 76 players were tied on even par or better, and the cut line should be within a shot of that number either way most likely.

Who is not projected to make the cut?

Tiger Woods at +6 will need to go low to have a chance to play the weekend on a course where he’s won the Claret Jug twice already. The up-and-down Sepp Straka will miss his fourth straight cut in a FedEx Cup points earning event, as the 2022 Honda Classic winner was +9 yesterday. Also Keegan Bradley struggled with an opening round +4, and he’ll need a quality score today to keep his hopes alive.