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Breaking down cut line for the 2022 Zurich Classic

It’s Friday at 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 and Patrick Cantlay react on the 17th green during the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Andrew Wevers-USA TODAY Sports

Update 5:00 p.m. ET We’re at 40 teams at -8 or better, and if anything it looks like it could get to -9.

But that’s bad for Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia, who are at -6 through 13 holes. Another European team in Seamus Power and Graeme McDowell is at -5 and in the house as well, which means they won’t play the weekend either.

Update 2:30 p.m. ET The scores have gone lower, and now there are exactly 37 teams at -8 or better, which will stand as the cut line for now.

A bevy of teams have yet to even tee off, with Hovland and Morikawa just finishing their first hole to remain -7. That duo was the pre-tournament favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, but they currently sit 10 shots back of the leaders Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele who are in the clubhouse as leaders presently.

Update 12:30 p.m. ET It’s still pretty bunched up at what will be the cut line, with 43 teams at -7 or better to make the weekend, but 13 of those teams exactly on the number of -7. That means if we see more red figures, we could be looking at -8 being the number.

Two teams at -7 with some superstars in Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman, as well as Viktor Hovland and Collin Morikawa, haven’t even put a peg in the ground yet, so we’ve got a long way to go here.


The PGA Tour tees off the second round of the 2022 Zurich Classic on Friday morning, and after an opening round 59 the team of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele lead the event at -13 by one shot over Matthew NeSmith and Taylor Moore.

The first trios teed off on Friday at 9:20 a.m. ET, with the afternoon groups beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET off both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees. It could be about 5:00 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 today

How is the cut line determined?

The cut line at 36 holes is the top 33 teams, plus those tied at the end of that group.

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

As play opens today the cut line is -7, but because this is a tournament where the format on Friday (alternate shot) is different than the one on Thursday (best ball), we might have a tougher time sussing out what the final number will be. But expect much higher scores today as teams will be putting just one ball in the hole instead of two.

Who is not projected to make the cut?

Kevin Tway and Kelly Kraft as well as Maverick McNealy and Joseph Bramlett both fired just -2 rounds on Thursday, and that puts them in a very tough position to make the cut today. The South African duo of Charl Schwartzel and Christiaan Bezuidenhout started today -5, and they’ll have some work to do as well to make it to Saturday’s second best ball round.