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Breaking down cut line for the 2023 Zurich Classic

It’s Friday at the 2023 Zurich Classic, and with Day 2 comes the pairing of the field. We break down where the cut line stands throughout the day.

Xander Schauffele hits a tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA TOUR tees off the second round of the 2023 Zurich Classic, as the only team event on the circuit gets ready to halve the field.

While the first and third rounds of the event provide the lower scores via the fourball (or best ball) format, the foursomes (or alternate shot) of the second and third rounds are often the key to victory. On Friday teams will have one player tee off on the odd-numbered holes, and their partner hitting first on the even-numbered holes.

Since only one ball is played, teammates just go back-and-forth for each shot until their ball is holed.

The first trios tee off on Friday at 8:00 a.m. ET, with the afternoon groups beginning 12:15 p.m. ET. It should be about 2:30 p.m. before we have a solid idea of what the final cut line should be, but many participants will know they’re heading home after holing out on 18.

How is the cut line determined?

There are 80 teams entered at the event from TPC Louisiana, and the cut line after two rounds is the top 33 teams, as well as those tied with 33rd place or better.

What is the projected cut line for the Zurich Classic as of now?

Update 2:30 p.m. — The cut line remains -8 with plenty of pairs set to tee off in the late afternoon ET. Stricker and Johnson remain in danger of missing the cut. Plenty of solid pairings are also at -8 and yet to tee off. Billy Ho and Sam Burns and Harris English and Tom Hoge are among that group. Keith Mitchell and Sungjae Im sit at 10-under and among the favorites to win still, a few strokes clear of the cut line. They’ll tee off around 3 p.m. ET.

Update 12:30 p.m. — The line is still at -8, with about 32 teams still yet to put a peg in the ground. The Ryder Cup captain’s team of Steve Stricker and Zach Johnson are at -7 with two holes remaining, so they’ll need at least one red number to play the weekend.

John Daly and David Duval finished with a +14 after 36 holes. We hope the old guys had fun.

Right now the cut line is set at -8, with the leaders of Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney and Wyndham Clark/Beau Hossler both at -13. But that number could drop under favorable conditions as more teams get on the course this afternoon.

Who is not projected to make the cut?

John Daly and David Duval somehow shot +8 in a best ball format yesterday, which you could probably beat with a couple months of hitting the range every day. They’re at +11 right now and will be at Hooters shortly. Collin Morikawa and Max Homa fired a -6 66 yesterday, and can still be fine for the weekend, but will need a few birdies to ensure their spot.