Phil Mickelson is still looking to complete his career Grand Slam by winning the U.S. Open. Doing that in 2022 could prove to be a tall task.
Mickelson struggled immensely in the first round of the season’s third major. He had an exceptionally difficult time with his putter as he carded an 8-over-par 78 for his first 18 holes. His poor performance makes it highly unlikely that he will make the cut after Round 2 on Friday.
Missing the cut would turn this major tournament into a major disappointment for Mickelson, who is playing in just his second event since his controversial comments about the tour. He has since become the face of the LIV Golf Invitational Series and been suspended from the PGA Tour.
If Mickelson bows out, we won’t see him play again until LIV Golf Portland on June 30.
He’s not the only big-name player in danger of missing the weekend, either. Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry, Tony Finau and Brooks Koepka are all flirting with the cut line as well.
What will it take to make the cut at the 2022 U.S. Open? Here’s everything you need to know about the major tournament’s cut line, rules and results as players look to make it to the weekend.
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U.S. Open cut rules
The top 60 players in the U.S. Open field (including ties) after two rounds will advance to the third and fourth rounds of the tournament.
The U.S. Open has the second-strictest cut line among the four majors. Only the Masters, with the top 50 players (including ties), accepts fewer golfers. The Open Championship and PGA Championship both accept the top 70 golfers (plus ties).
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U.S. Open cut line 2022
The current cut line at the 2022 U.S. Open is 2 over par. It will move throughout the second round with the 60th-place player.
- Projected cut: 2 over
- Players inside cut line: 61
- Notable players outside the line: Phil Mickelson (+11), Louis Oosthuizen (+6), Tony Finau (+5), Cameron Smith (+6), Shane Lowry (+4), Viktor Hovland (+7)
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How many golfers make the cut at the U.S. Open?
The 2022 U.S. Open began with a 156-player field. At least 60 of those 156 golfers will make the cut. The cut will be for the top 60 scores (including ties), meaning that a minimum of 60 golfers will advance and more will likely make the cut.
The most golfers ever to make the U.S. Open cut is 108 in 1996. Over the past 10 years, the average cut line number at the tournament has been 5.4 over par.