Update: The final cut was +4, and 52 players will play the weekend at the 2022 Masters.
Update 6:10 p.m. — We are on a knife’s edge as the wind starts to die down around Magnolia Lane. There are currently 51 players at +4 or better, including six that are exactly on +4. If two of those players end up at +5, they’ll bring all of the +5 players with them to the weekend. And that adds seven players including Padraig Harrington and Zach Johnson.
Update 5:38 p.m. — We’re getting close to letting the five players at +5 back into the weekend as of now, as there are 53 players at +4 or better as of this writing. And with the winds continuing to swirl around Augusta, things could still get harder before they get easier.
Update 4:10 p.m. — The cut remains at +4, and it looks like that will be the number with 51 golfers still on the course. Jordan Spieth and Viktor Hovland, both fancied by plenty of bettors before the tournament, are now playing 18 and both are exactly on the number at +4. They’ll need a par on a tough hole to play the weekend.
Update 2:48 p.m. — It’s not getting any easier at at Bobby Jones’s place. The cut has now jumped to +4, with 60 players on that number or better as of now. And with Sungjae Im and Charl Schwartzel both in the house at -3, it is very likely they are the last group tomorrow. Because it’s only going to get worse out here.
There are 11 players tied at +4, including Jordan Spieth (thru 13), Rory McIlroy (12), and Max Homa (4). The goal is going to be to get home while losing as few shots as possible, and hope for some more favorable conditions on Saturday if you can get there.
Update 2:00 p.m. — Nothing has changed over the hour as far as the +3 cut line is concerned. There are still plenty of golfers yet to tee off, including Tiger Woods, who is at 1-under par after his 71 in the first round on Friday. Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau are set to tee off soon and are both under the cut line. That could change but they’ll need to put in solid rounds today in order to avoid missing out. Xander Schauffele is another big name who is in the middle of his Round 2 and in danger of missing the cut as of now.
Update 1:07 p.m. — As expected, as golfers flail on the course, the cut line rises higher. And now there are 57 golfers at +3 or better, but remember there are still four groups that have yet to tee off as well. The +3 exactly group has ten players as of now, including expected contenders Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele, and Brooks Koepka, all of whom are on the eighth hole.
Update 12:36 p.m. — The projected cut line for now is still +2, with exactly 50 golfers still on that number or better as of now, with 19 players yet to reach the first tee.
And with the weather moving in the wrong direction in terms of wind, it certainly looks like +3 might be a good enough number to make the weekend by the end of play today. It should be blowing between 15-18 MPH the rest of the day under cloud cover, though rain seems very unlikely as of now.
The PGA Tour tees off the second round at the 2022 Masters on Friday at 8:00 a.m. ET. The first trios hit the links Friday at 8:00 a.m. ET and the final groups will be on the course at 2:03 p.m. ET.
After the first 18 holes, Sungjae Im of Korea at -5 is the current leader. Im leads Australia’s Cameron Smith by one stroke, with four players tied at -3 in Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, current World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, and 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson.
But today is cut day at Augusta National, and for several players that are returning champions but not week-to-week members of the PGA Tour, their Masters adventure likely draws to a close on Friday. Francesco Molinari, Vijay Singh, and Sandy Lyle are all at +6 or better and seem very unlikely to play the weekend.
Also of the six amateurs in the field, only Japan’s Keita Nakajima isn’t over par as he’s at even. Four of the six are +7 or worse as of now, with 2021 U.S. Amateur runner-up Austin Greaser the only other non-pro in cut contention at +2.
If the cut was made after 18 holes, 59 golfers at +2 or better would advance. But there’s plenty of shots left to determine who has the right to put a peg in the ground on Saturday.
What is the cut line for the 2022 Masters? How is it determined?
For the first major of 2022, 94 players teed off on Thursday. And after a rule change made before the 2020 Masters, the low 50 players and ties will play the weekend.
From 1962 to 2019, any player within 10 shots of the leader would be allowed to play the weekend. That rule is no more.
Will Tiger Woods make the cut?
Tiger Woods currently sits at T10, part of a logjam of nine golfers at -1. Barring a meltdown, an injury, or signing an incorrect scorecard, it’s hard to see how Woods won’t play the weekend.