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Masters cut line 2020: Projected cut, new rules, updates for Friday’s leaderboard

A handful of top golfers are in danger of missing the cut line at the 2020 Masters on Friday.

The top of the leaderboard at Augusta National is full of low scores, padded by the soft conditions during Thursday’s Round 1 following morning showers that briefly suspended play. That includes Day 2 leader Paul Casey, shot a 7-under 65 to set the pace Thursday. He leads a group of Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele, who enter Friday in second place at 5 under. Defending Masters champion Tiger Woods is in a tie for fifth at 4-under par.

Former major winners Brooks Koepka (+2) and Jordan Spieth (+2) were unable to take advantage of the friendly conditions and could find themselves on the chopping block Friday with more stringent cut rules in place at Augusta.

There are 92 players in the 2020 Masters field after Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann withdrew due to positive COVID-19 tests.

Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the Masters cut line, rules and results as players jockey to make the weekend.

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Masters cut rules

There is a rule change in play to make the cut at the Masters in 2020. Only the top 50 players (plus ties) on the leaderboard will remain for Saturday and Sunday, a new hard cut put into place by Augusta officials to keep the field small due to limited daylight in November.

Since 2013, any player within 10 strokes of the clubhouse leader after 36 holes would move on to Round 3 in addition to the top 50 automatic qualifiers.

The new rule ensures the Masters cut is now the most difficult of golf’s four majors. The top 60 players make the cut at the U.S. Open, while the top 70 players make the cut at the PGA Championship and The Open Championship.

Masters cut line 2020

Paul Casey is the Masters leader after one round at 7-under par with three players following closely behind at 5 under: Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.

The cut line is currently projected to be even par, meaning 42 players would miss the cut at of the end of the second round.

How many make the cut at the Masters?

The initial 92-player field will be whittled down to 50 by the time the first group tees off Saturday morning.

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