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PGA Championship cut line 2021: Projected cut, rules, updates for Friday's leaderboard

Written By Brandon Schlager
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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.

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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 (plus ties) make the cut at the Masters.

PGA Championship cut line 2021

Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen are PGA Championship co-leaders at 6-under par, followed closely by Phil Mickelson (-5) and a group of five at 3 under. The cut line is projected for 5-over par, with 83 players currently meeting that bar in Round 2.

  • Projected cut line: +5
  • Players within cut: 83
  • Notables in danger: Patrick Reed (+5), Justin Thomas (+5), Dustin Johnson (+6)

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.

PGA Championship leaderboard

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