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Breaking down cut line for the 2023 RBC Canadian Open

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

Rory McIlroy plays a shot at the 18th hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament. Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA TOUR tees off the second round of the 2023 RBC Canadian Open on Friday, and Andrew Novak has set the leading score in the clubhouse at -7 as the afternoon tee times begin.

The afternoon threesomes began at 12:15 p.m. ET, so it should be about 2-3 p.m. when a definitive cut line should be heading into focus. But of course many participants will know they’re heading home after holing out on 18 after Round 2

How is the cut line determined?

The cut line at 36 holes is the top 65 players plus those tied at the end of that group.

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

Update 5:30 p.m. Michael Kim and Akshay Bhatia can breathe easy, as they’re in at -1, and that’s going to be the number. With the day almost finished, 74 players are at that number or better, and just a bit over half the field will be pared for the weekend.

Update 4:05 p.m. The track is getting gettable at Oakdale, and that previous projection is coming true. 75 players are -1 or better, and 18 are exactly on that line.

If you’re at even par, under current conditions you can start driving to Pearson Airport. Sahith Theegala and Cameron Young should hang around however, as at -1 they look to be around for tomorrow. And Rory McIlroy has taken his turbulent week and turned it into -3 after 11 holes.

Update 3:05 p.m. We’re now at exactly 65 players at -1 or better, and 17 at -1 exactly. With as much golf as we have left, even par is looking a bit better than before. But DataGolf still has -1 as the projection at a whopping 90.7%.

Update 2:05 p.m. DataGolf has the cut line at -1 a whopping 81.6% of the time, and we have 68 players there or better, and still a whopping 21 exactly on the line.

Kevin Tway and Adrian Meronk join the list of those at level par after 36 holes in need of some bad weather or bad play.

Rory McIlroy is still at -1 thru four holes.

Update 1:05 p.m. The line holds at -1 with 69 players still, but we’re down to just 21 on the number exactly. It feels like barring a firmer course in the afternoon, this could be the number.

Sam Burns and Cameron Champ will have to hope that it comes back to them however, as they’re both at even and finished for the day.

Right now the cut line is projected at -1, with 69 players on the correct side, and a whopping 26 on -1 exactly.

Who is not projected to make the cut?

Sam Burns, Cameron Champ, and Cameron Young are all completing their rounds at even par, and might need some help to see the weekend unless they can find a birdie coming home.

Maverick McNealy fired an unexpected +6 over two days and will miss the weekend. Rory McIlroy finished with a -1 71 on Thursday, and will need at least even par to survive to Saturday.