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US Open: Cutting line explained

PINEHURST, N.C. – A challenging course could mean a full weekend at Pinehurst No. 2 for the U.S. Open. The USGA’s cut-line at the US Open is the top 60 players and comes straight through the first 36 holes. Within one round, 64 of the field of 156 players would have made the cut.

But that number could be even higher, given the tougher conditions Friday that should keep the field bunched together. At the time of publication, the cutline was said to include 79 players.

For reference, the Masters takes the top 50 players and draws, although that major has a much smaller field – fewer than 100 players – than the US Open. The PGA and Open Championship require 70 players and ties, and the Players Championship requires 65 players and ties; all three of these tournaments also have fields with 156 members.

Some other fun facts, courtesy of the USGA:

The youngest player to make the cut since World War II, when records were kept, is Beau Hossler, who was 17 years and three months old when he made the cut in 2012. He finished T29. The oldest: Sam Snead, 61 years, 10 months and 19 days, when he made the cut in 1973 and, strangely enough, also finished T29.

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The highest 36-hole cut was made in 1955 at an astonishing 15 over par. The lowest was last year, when the cut was two over par at Los Angeles Country Club. During the 1996 US Open, 108 players made the selection in Oakland Hills, by far the most. (Second place: the 88 who broke through at Baltusrol in 1993.)

There have been six father-son duos at the US Open, but only one has both made it: the Kirkwoods, Joe and Joe Jr., in 1948 at Riviera. Several brother-sister teams have made it in both the US and US Women’s Opens, most recently Minjee and Min Woo Lee the past two years.

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