What Is The PGA Championship Cut Rule?

How many players make the weekend at the second men's Major of the year? Find out everything you need to know here

The Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill in Rochester, New York, ahead of the 2023 PGA Championship
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Oak Hill is proving a tough test at this year's PGA Championship, where the world's best golfers are taking on the revamped Donald Ross course in Rochester, New York.

Andrew Green led the restoration project that has left Oak Hill's East Course posing a very different challenge to the one players faced the last time the PGA Championship rolled into town back in 2013.

It's a stern examination of all facets of the game, with many of the players comparing it to Winged Foot and Bethpage Black, while Robert MacIntyre described it as "the hardest course I've ever played."

It's little wonder then that a number of surprise names have come unstuck and face an uphill battle just to make the weekend. Among them, the much-fancied Jon Rahm, US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and a resurgent Jason Day are all six-over after 18 holes.

What is the cut at the PGA Championship?

The top 70 and ties from the 156-man field will make the weekend at Oak Hill, which is the same number as The Open. As it stands, the cut mark sits at three-over but that is likely to move to four- or five-over by close of play on Friday.

At Southern Hills in Tulas last year, the cut fell at four-over as Justin Thomas went on to produce a comeback for the ages to lift the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time after a playoff against Will Zalatoris.

At a regular PGA Tour event, the top 65 and ties after 36 holes advance to the weekend but the rise of no-cut events has sparked controversy this year. 

As for the other Majors, it's only the top 50 and ties that make the cut at The Masters at Augusta National, while it's the low 60 and ties that progress through to the weekend at the US Open.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x