Several top-flight golfers flirted with the cut line at the 2020 PGA Championship on Friday.
The top of the 2020 leaderboard has plenty of contenders who can challenge for the Wanamaker Trophy over the weekend. That includes such usual suspects as Brooks Koepka and Jason Day, but also Haotong Li, who rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with a virtuoso 5-under-par outing Friday. But the cut line provided nearly as much intrigue throughout the day.
Players such as Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson all fought for the right to return Saturday. Thomas in particular had a difficult go of it, securing a much-needed birdie on his third-to-last hole to sneak in at 1 over. Tiger had more cushion than his fellow groupmate, but he was also at 1 over at one point on the back nine.
Nearly half the 156-player field missed the cut at the 2020 PGA Championship. Here's everything you need to know about the cut line, rules and results as players jockeyed to make the weekend.
PGA Championship cut rules
Cut rules vary by tournament on the PGA Tour. At the PGA Championship, the top 70 players on the leaderboard after 36 holes automatically make it through to the third round, plus ties. The PGA Championship follows the same rules as the British Open, making them the two most forgiving of golf's four majors.
The top 60 players (plus ties) make the cut at the U.S. Open. Only the top 50 make the cut at the Masters, but there's also a 10-shot rule that allows players within 10 shots of the clubhouse leader to make the cut at Augusta.
PGA Championship cut line 2020
Haotong Li is the PGA Championship leader at 8 under par, followed closely by Daniel Berger, Tommy Fleetwood, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose and Mike Lorenza-Vera (all 6 under). The cut line was set at 1 over par, with 79 players meeting that bar after Round 2.
- Cut line: +1
- Players within cut: 79
- Notables who missed cut: Sergio Garcia (+6), Rickie Fowler (+2), Jim Furyk (+2), Marc Leishman (+2), Henrik Stenson (+2)
How many make the cut at the PGA Championship?
The initial 156-player field was whittled down to 79 after Friday's second round. They are listed below:
Round 3: Saturday, Aug. 8
(All times Eastern; all golfers begin at Hole 1)
|11:10 a.m.||Mackenzie Hughes|
|11:20 a.m.||Charl Schwartzel, Chez Reavie|
|11:30 a.m.||Louis Oosthuizen, Luke List|
|11:40 a.m.||Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas|
|11:50 am.||Patrick Cantlay, Erik van Rooyen|
|Noon||Rory Sabbatini, Sung Kang|
|12:10 p.m.||Sepp Straka, Adam Long|
|12:20 p.m.||Matt Wallace, Mark Hubbard|
|12:30 p.m.||Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter|
|12:40 p.m.||J.T. Poston, Bubba Watson|
|12:50 p.m.||Harris English, Byeong Hun An|
|1 p.m.||Tiger Woods, Keith Mitchell|
|1:10 p.m.||Shane Lowry, Danny Lee|
|1:20 p.m.||Ryan Palmer, Kevin Kisner|
|1:30 p.m.||Tom Hoge, Russell Henley|
|1:40 p.m.||Cameron Smith, Doc Redman|
|2 p.m.||Robert MacIntyre, Billy Horschel|
|2:10 p.m.||Jim Herman, Emiliano Grillo|
|2:20 p.m.||Abraham Ancer, Kurt Kitayama|
|2:30 p.m.||Rory McIlroy, Victor Perez|
|2:40 p.m.||Nate Lashley, Gary Woodland|
|2:50 p.m.||Webb Simpson, Brian Harman|
|3 p.m.||Denny McCarthy, John Rahm|
|3:10 p.m.||Kevin Streelman, Viktor Hovland|
|3:20 p.m.||Joost Luiten, Adam Hadwin|
|3:30 p.m.||Adam Scott, Collin Morikawa|
|3:40 p.m.||Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau|
|3:50 p.m.||Harold Varner III, Brandt Snedeker|
|4 p.m.||Brendan Steele, Joel Dahmen|
|4:10 p.m.||Tony Finau, Bud Cauley|
|4:20 p.m.||Scottie Scheffler, Dylan Frittelli|
|4:30 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama, Si Woo Kim|
|4:50 p.m.||Alex Noren, Matthew Wolff|
|5 p.m.||Dustin Johnson, Bernd Wiesberger|
|5:10 p.m.||Lanto Griffin, Xander Schauffele|
|5:20 p.m.||Paul Casey, Brendon Todd|
|5:30 p.m.||Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Cameron Champ|
|5:40 p.m.||Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose|
|5:50 p.m.||Jason Day, Daniel Berger|
|6 p.m.||Haotong Li, Tommy Fleetwood|
1:40 p.m. Cameron Smith, Doc Redman