At the end of this month, the PGA Tour policy board will meet with a very interesting item on the agenda: whether to lower the cut line for Tour events.
Reducing the number of weekend players would serve a number of purposes. First, it could improve the pace of play. Second, it would help with resolving weekend weather delays. And it would make television happier by allowing them to show more of the top players.
There’s also the practical end of it. Players on 40th-plus place really have no chance of winning on Sunday.
The question is how to do it. Among the options being considered:
1) Top 60 players and ties.
2) Top 65 players and ties.
3) The nearest number to 70 players.
4) Top 70 and ties, but if the number goes over 78, revert to nearest to 70.
5) Top 70 and ties make the cut on Friday, and another cut on Saturday for top 70 and ties.
Tiger apparently favors the Top 60 and ties. Interestingly, that would have left him outside the cut last weekend.
I think that lowering the cutline to 60 and ties is a great idea. In fact, I think it ought to be lowered to fifty and anyone within so many shots of the lead. That would allow more players in a tight tournament, but reduce the number of players when the leaders pull away.
But I really can’t imagine that the board will reduce the number of players making the cut, since that will reduce the number of players getting a paycheck. If anything, the pressure from the players has to be to increase the number of people taking home a paycheck.