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Masters Reduce Line 2020: Projected lower, new guidelines, updates for the rating on Friday

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A handful of top golfers run the risk of missing the cut line at the 2020 Masters on Friday.

The top of the Augusta National leaderboard is full of low scores, bolstered by the soft conditions during Thursday's first round after morning showers that momentarily interrupted the game. This includes Day 2 co-leaders Paul Casey, Dylan Frittelli and Dustin Johnson, who each shot 7 under 65 to set the pace on the first lap. They narrowly lead Justin Thomas and Sungjae Im, who go down at 6 a.m. on Friday. The defending champion Tiger Woods is tenth with 4 under par.

The former main winners Jordan Spieth (+2) and Rory McIlroy (+3) could not take advantage of the friendly conditions and found themselves on Friday with stricter cutting rules in Augusta on the chopping block.

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

Here is everything you need to know about the cutting line, rules, and results of the master's as a player jockey to make the weekend happen.

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Masters cut rules

There's a rule change in the game to make the cut at the Masters in 2020. Only the top 50 players (plus ties) in the leaderboard are left for Saturday and Sunday, a new tough cut introduced by Augusta officials to keep the weekend field small due to limited daylight in November.

Starting with the Masters 2020 tournament, the low 50 players and ties qualify for the last 36 holes. This is the first cut since 2013.

– The Masters (@TheMasters) November 9, 2020

Since 2013, any player who is within 10 strokes of the clubhouse leader after 36 holes would have advanced to round 3 in addition to the 50 best automatic qualifiers.

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

Masters Cut Line 2020

Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey and Dylan Frittelli are co-leaders of the Masters within two strokes of a round at 7 under par with a group of seven.

The cut line is currently projected to be equivalent, meaning 40 players would miss the cut at the end of the second round.

  • Projected section: Even
  • Average player: 52
  • Notable people in danger: Jordan Spieth (+2), Rory McIlroy (+3)

How many make the cut at the Masters?

The starting field of 92 players will be reduced to 50 by the time the first group is tee off on Saturday morning.

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