May 17 2013
By PGATOUR.COM staff
IRVING, Texas -- The cut tline moved from 1 under to even par on Friday afternoon at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. That allowed defending champ Jason Dufner, among others, to make the cut on the number.
Sixteen players were at even par after Friday's round, including four past winners of this event -- Dufner, 2010 champ Jason Day, 2009 champ Rory Sabbatini and 2005 champ Ted Purdy.
Dufner had to make a 4-1/2 foot par putt on the final hole late in the day Friday to secure his spot on the weekend.
Day had played in the morning and finished at even par, which at the time was not good enough to make the cut, which in the middle of the day was projected at 1 under.
Padraig Harrington and Dallas native Justin Leonard also made the cut on the number, as did Kenny Perry, a Champions Tour regular making his first TOUR start of the year.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old from China, missed the cut for the first time in three PGA TOUR starts.
A total of 83 players made the cut. That's the most since 2001 when 83 players made the cut that year.
Since more than 78 players made the cut, there will be an additional cut after Saturday's third round to the top 70 and ties.