Several top-flight golfers are flirting with the cut line at the 2021 PGA Championship on Friday.
The top of the 2021 leaderboard has plenty of contenders who can challenge for the Wanamaker Trophy over the weekend, despite the windy conditions at Kiawah Island. That includes Canadian Corey Conners, who opened up a two-stroke lead to finish atop Thursday’s Round 1 field at 5-under par. Brooks Koepka and Keegan Bradley were also in the mix among a group of six at 3 under trailing Conners in a tie for second.
The same can’t be said about Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, who could be in danger of missing the cut if they don’t round from rough starts to the tournament.
Nearly half the 156-player field will miss the cut at the 2021 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.
PGA Championship cut line 2021
Corey Conners is the PGA Championship leader at 5-under par, followed closely by a group of six at 3 under. The cut line is projected for 2 over par, with 76 players meeting that bar entering Round 2.
- Projected cut line: +2
- Players within cut: 76
- Notables in danger: Rory McIlroy (+3), Justin Thomas (+3), Dustin Johnson (+4)
How many make the cut at the PGA Championship?
The initial 156-player field will be whittled down to about 70 after Friday’s second round.