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The field is slashed after Friday’s second round at Augusta National – but how does the Masters cut rule work?

The cut rules for the first major of the year are unique and have evolved over 88 years of the famous tournament in Georgia.

The first stagings of the Masters from 1934 until 1956 had no cut, with a cut first introduced in 1957 to allow the top 40 players and ties and those within ten shots of the lead to make it through to the weekend.

The rule where players make the cut if they are within ten shots of the lead was scrapped at the Masters back in 2020.

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What is the Masters cut rule?

The Masters 36-hole cut rule permits the top 50 players and ties to advance through to the weekend.

That is different from full field PGA Tour events, where the top 70 qualify for the final two rounds.

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What is the cut record at the Masters?

Heading into the 2024 Masters, Tiger Woods was tied with fellow former champions Gary Player and Fred Couples with most consecutive cuts made in the tournament.

Tom Watson is fourth with 21 consecutive cuts made, followed by Bernhard Langer and Gene Littler with 19.

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