April 10 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Expect more players to reach the weekend at the Masters.
A new cut rule announced Wednesday by Masters chairman Billy Payne will allow all players in the top 50 (and ties) on the leaderboard to make the 36-hole cut. The rule goes into effect this week.
Since 1962, the Masters cut included just the low 44 players and ties (from 1957-61, the cut was 40 players plus ties).
"Now, more than 50 years later, we believe offering more playing opportunites for the participants over the weekend is a positive for everyone involved -- for the world's best players wishing to compete over four rounds; for our patrons enjoying the tournament here on site; and for those golf fans watching at home through our expansive worldwide television broadcast and our continually improving online digital platforms."
The cut rule that any player within 10 strokes of the leader makes the cut remains in effect.
The most players to make the Masters cut was 64 in 1966. The fewest is 44, which has happened on three occasions (2004 being the last time).
A field of 93 players will tee off in Thursday's first round.