U.S. Open cut line: Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner likely headed home

Andrew Redington

Barring a late shift in the leaderboard, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner and a few other notable names won't be around for the weekend at Pinehurst

Update: Mahan, Watson headed home early

The afternoon wave is beginning to make its way around Pinehurst in the second round and while everyone has a lot of ground to make up to catch Martin Kaymer, a few top players will need solid second rounds just to make the weekend. The cut currently sits at 4-over, which puts a number of notable names in danger of an early exit.

Jason Dufner, Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan are among the players left to sit and wait. All three players are 6-over through 36 holes and likely on the wrong side of the cut line. That could change, however, if the afternoon wave struggles and the cut line rises. Just nine players from the morning wave managed to post an under-par round, possibly leading to the cut line rising throughout the afternoon. The top 60 players and ties will make the weekend.

Harris English shot a 5-under 75 and is 4-over through 36 holes. That number appears to be safe, so English, Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen and the other 4-overs are likely in for the weekend. If the cut settles at 5-over, it would be a couple strokes lower than the previous U.S. Open cuts at Pinehurst No. 2. The cut was 7-over in 1999 and 8-over in 2005.

Nick Watney, Ryan Moore and Billy Horschel are among the players in the cut range who still have golf to play and could play their way onto the other side, or drop further off the pace. Here is a look at the players currently within range of the cut line. A full leaderboard can be found at USOpen.com.

Place

Player

Score

Thru/Tee time

T35

Jason Day

2

4

T35

Zach Johnson

2

2

T35

Webb Simpson

2

2

T35

Rory McIlroy

2

3

T35

Miguel Jimenez

2

2

T35

Justin Rose

2

2

T35

Nicholas Lindheim

2

2:42 PM

T35

Jimmy Walker

2

F

T35

Victor Dubuisson

2

F

T35

Seung-yul Noh

2

F

T35

Fran Quinn

2

F

T35

Daniel Berger

2

6

T35

David Toms

2

3

T35

Kyoung-Hoon Lee

2

5

T35

Stephen Gallacher

2

3

T50

Boo Weekley

3

3

T50

Henrik Norlander

3

6

T50

Jeff Maggert

3

2:09 PM

T50

Shiv Kapur

3

2:20 PM

T50

Smylie Kaufman

3

2:31 PM

T50

Clayton Rask

3

2:42 PM

T50

Garth Mulroy

3

F

T50

Jim Furyk

3

F

T50

Gary Woodland

3

F

T59

Thongchai Jaidee

4

2

T59

Roberto Castro

4

5

T59

Kevin Tway

4

F

T59

Sergio Garcia

4

4

T59

Kenny Perry

4

2:09 PM

T59

Craig Barlow

4

2:20 PM

T59

WC Liang

4

2:20 PM

T59

Matt Dobyns

4

2:31 PM

T59

Maverick McNealy

4

2:31 PM

T59

Alex Cejka

4

F

T59

Bill Haas

4

F

T59

Stewart Cink

4

F

T59

Harris English

4

F

T59

Ernie Els

4

F

T59

Louis Oosthuizen

4

F

T59

Retief Goosen

4

F

T59

Cody Gribble

4

17

T59

Bo Van Pelt

4

F

Projected Cut: 4-over

T77

Matt Jones

5

5

T77

Zac Blair

5

F

T77

Billy Horschel

5

1:58 PM

T77

Kevin Sutherland

5

2:09 PM

T77

Justin Thomas

5

2:20 PM

T77

Justin Leonard

5

F

T77

Kevin Stadler

5

F

T77

Paul Casey

5

F

T77

Toru Taniguchi

5

F

T77

Andrea Pavan

5

6

T77

Ryan Moore

5

4

T88

Angel Cabrera

6

2

T88

Kevin Kisner

6

5

T88

Nick Watney

6

1

T88

Maximilian Kieffer

6

2:20 PM

T88

Brian Campbell

6

2:42 PM

T88

Hudson Swafford

6

F

T88

Andres Echavarria

6

F

T88

Casey Wittenberg

6

F

T88

Mark Wilson

6

F

T88

Shane Lowry

6

F

T88

Luke Donald

6

F

T88

Charl Schwartzel

6

F

T88

Bubba Watson

6

F

T88

Jason Dufner

6

F

T88

Hunter Mahan

6

F

T88

Rod Pampling

6

F

T88

Cory Whitsett

6

F

T88

Chad Collins

6

5

T88

Hunter Stewart

6

F

T107

Lee Westwood

7

3

T107

Jim Renner

7

F

T107

Brian Stuard

7

6

T107

Luke Guthrie

7

F

T107

Ryan Blaum

7

F

T107

Christopher Doak

7

F

T107

D.A. Points

7

3

T107

Brady Watt

7

2:31 PM

T107

Will Grimmer

7

2:42 PM

T107

John Senden

7

F

T107

Ken Duke

7

F

T107

Nicolas Colsaerts

7

F

T107

Darren Clarke

7

F

T107

Geoff Ogilvy

7

F

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