Here are the first victims of the PGA Tour’s new cut rule (it was a massacre)

September 14, 2019

The PGA Tour instituted a new cut rule for the 2019-20 season which went into effect for the first time this week. The goal of the rule was to reduce the number of players making the cut. And it was a massacre.

Under the new rule, only the Top 65 players and ties will make the cut after the first two rounds and continue to play the third and fourth rounds on the weekend. Previously, the Top 70 and ties made the cut. On Friday at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, the first event of the new season, the difference could not have been more stark.

With low scores proliferating on the Old White TPC course, the cut line ended up at four under. Twenty-one players narrowly made the cut on the number, while 16 players finished one shot short at three under. The fortunate players at four under were T48 after Round 2, which means the group of players at three under finished T69.

If you already put two and two together, you’ve realized that all 16 of those players at three under would have made the cut under the old cut rule. Instead, thanks to the new cut rule all 16 of them are heading home with no money to show for their hard work this week.

Here are the first-ever victims of the new PGA Tour cut rule:

Sepp Straka, Scott Stallings, Fabián Gómez, Kevin Streelman, Jason Kokrak, Talor Gooch, Adam Schenk, Matthew NeSmith, Tyler Duncan, Chase Seiffert, Matt Every, Nick Watney, Ted Potter Jr., J.B. Holmes, Bo Hoag, and Seamus Power.

Nick Watney finished T69 at the Greenbrier and missed the cut.
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To be fair to the Tour, this is just about the worst-case scenario when it comes to the effect of the new cut rule. If two additional players at three under had made one more birdie and finished at four under, the players at three under would have tied for 71 and missed the cut under the old rule as well.

But that didn’t happen. If this tournament had occurred just a few weeks earlier, all of them would be getting ready to tee off in Round 3. Instead, those 16 players missed the cut, and missed an opportunity to go low on Saturday and Sunday and collect valuable FedEx points and, of course, money.

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