British Open Cut Line 2021: Open Championship Cut Line and Cut Rule Explained

Adam Taylor McKillop
British Open Championship cut line explanation: 2021 Open Championship cut line and cut rule explained.
British Open Championship cut line explanation: 2021 Open Championship cut line and cut rule explained. / ANDY BUCHANAN/Getty Images

Action is heating up at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Kent, England, with the golf world's attention turned onto the 149th British Open Championship. So far, veteran Louis Oosthuizen sits atop the leaderboard after shooting 6-under for Round 1.

Unfortunately, not all of the 156 players in the Open Championship fared so well in Round 1. With that in mind, let's check out an official guideline and explanation to the British Open cut line and cut rule.

British Open Cut Rule Explained

The British Open cut line is implemented following the first two rounds of the 2021 Open Championship on Thursday and Friday. The field of 156 golfers will be cut to significantly reduce the field heading into the final championship rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

How Do They Work Out The Cut in The Open Championship?

There's just one cut at The Open Championship, unlike in past years of this major golf tournament. This cut takes place after 36 holes or Rounds 1 and 2.

How Many Players Make The Cut at The British Open?

The cut line is simple. Any player that ranks in 70th place or better, with ties included, will make the cut for Rounds 3 and 4. Generally, this cut line reduces the field by about half.

What is The Cut for The British Open?

One major difference between the cut line at The British Open and other major golf tournaments is the 10-shot rule. The British Open does not utilize the 10-shot rule, which specifies that any player within 10 shots of the lead is guaranteed to make the cut, regardless of their place within the field.

British Open Championship Cut Rule

Following the first two rounds, the British Open Championship cut line sat at +1. A total of 77 players made the cut at the 2021 British Open. Some notable players who missed the +1 cut line included Francesco Molinari (+2), Patrick Reed (+3) and Phil Mickelson (+12).

Currently, FanDuel Sportsbook shows Louis Oosthuizen (+220) to win the 2021 British Open. He sits in sole possession of first place with his -11 score after two rounds. Collin Morikawa and Jordan Spieth both rank with the second-best odds at +450 on FanDuel Sportsbook. Morikawa is -9 through two rounds while Spieth ranks third on the golf leaderboard with a score of -8.

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