Masters 2021 Cut Line +3: Defending Champion Misses The Weekend

The cut line for the 2021 Masters had been locked in at +3 following Friday's Round 2. There are several big names who will not be around for the weekend.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 7:12 PM ET Updated: Apr 9, 2021 7:12 PM ET
Scoreboard workers adjust the 2020 Masters leaderboard as the cut line approaches.
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The cut line for the 2021 Masters was set at +3 with 54 golfers making it to the weekend. 

Oddmakers had set the pre-tournament cut line at +3.5, which meant winning wagers for Under bettors.  

There were many high-profile golfers who finished at +4 or higher, missing the weekend at Augusta National. Some notable players outside the cut line include:

  • Matt Kuchar (+4)
  • Sergio Garcia (+4)
  • Daniel Berger (+4)
  • Lee Westwood (+5)
  • Dustin Johnson (+5)
  • Brooks Koepka (+5)
  • Rory McIlroy (+6)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+8)
  • Jason Day (+9)
  • Sungjae Im (+13)

Making the cut at the Masters is always a big deal, but Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal stole the show as the feel good story following Round 2. The 55-year-old Olazabal made the cut at +2, his first cut made at Augusta since 2014. 

The Top 50 players and ties made the cut after Round 2 at the 2021 Masters

Betting on the cut line

The Masters cut line is key to golf bettors as it determines the outcomes of some head-to-head matchups, whether an outright they bet on makes it to the weekend, and of course, settles the popular cut line prop bet

The pre-event cut line set by oddsmakers for the 2021 Masters was 147.5 — which would be equal to +3.5 in relation to par. 

Masters cut rule

The cut rule at the Masters for 2021 is the Top 50 golfers plus ties. This follows the rule change that occurred last year.

In 2020, the committee made a change to their longstanding cut rule where only the Top 50 players in the Masters field and ties advanced to Round 3 and 4. Previously, the rule stated that the Top 50 along with anyone within 10 strokes of the lead made the cut. 

Making changes to the cut line has been a part of the history of the Masters. The cut was first instituted in 1957 and was the Top 40 and ties until 1961. From 1962-2012, it was expanded to the Top 44 and those within 10 strokes of the leader. In 2013, it was expanded to Top 44 and those within 10 shots. 

Past Masters cut lines

Here's a look at what the cut line has been since the rule became the Top 50 and those within 10 shots of the lead. 

Year Masters cut line
2020* +3
2019 +4
2018 +5
2017 +6
2016 +6
2015 +2
2014 +4
2013 +4

*The cut line in 2020 was only Top 50 and did not include those within 10 shots of the lead

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