The Masters cut line is currently set at 6-over, meaning a significant majority of the field, which is at least 5-over, would make the weekend. Tiger Woods, however, could move the line up with birdies at the upcoming par-5s -- No. 13 and No. 15. Woods is tied with two others at the moment with the lead at 5-under, which brings the 10-shot rule into the play and includes a large group of players who are tied in 62nd place. The top 50 (and ties) make the cut, or anyone within 10 shots of the leader. With more than 50 names bunched up, it looks like that rule will come in handy on Friday night.
One player who is safely inside the cutline is Tianlang Guan, the 14-year old amateur attempting to become the youngest player ever to make the weekend at Augusta National. Rules officials assessed Guan a 1-stroke penalty on the 17th hole, which pushed his score from 3-over to 4-over for the week. He's currently outside the top 50, but inside 10 shots of the lead. Guan may sweat it out in the clubhouse if Tiger gets hot on the par-5s and moves the line in the final hour of play on Friday.
Here's the small group of players who are 6-over or worse at the moment. It's made up of mostly former winners, but Louis Oosthuizen, who lost in the playoff to Bubba Watson last year, is certainly a surprising name to see on the wrong side of it:
|Michael Weaver (a)||8||F|
|Steven Fox (a)||10||12|
|Nathan T. Smith (a)||11||F|
|Alan Dunbar (a)||16||F|