What is the LPGA Tour cut rule, and how is the cut line determined?

What is the LPGA Tour cut rule, and how is the cut line determined?

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Most LPGA Tour events have a cut after two rounds, or 36 holes, down to a field for the final two rounds. As of the 2023 season, the cut rule is down to the top 65 players and ties, with those players getting to finish out the tournament by finishing inside the 36-hole cut line.

As of the 2023 season, the rule had been changed to the top 65 players and ties in an effort to reduce the number of weekend players so the LPGA Tour could more easily finish tournament rounds without them having to spill into the next day or have a two-tee start.

All players who make the 36-hole cut are paid according to the LPGA Tour purse distribution guidance.

Unlike on the DP World Tour, in the event that 78 or more players make the 36-hole cut, there is not a secondary cut after 54 holes to reduce the field for the final round. The prize-money payout, however, is modified in the event more than 70 players make the cut, lowering the distribution for some players.

However, not every LPGA Tour event has a 36-hole cut line. Some events are not subject to the LPGA Tour cut rule. Players who complete four rounds in these events earn credit for a cut made on the LPGA Tour.

LPGA Tour events without a cut

  • Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions
  • Honda LPGA Thailand
  • HSBC Women's World Championship
  • Blue Bay LPGA
  • Buick LPGA Shanghai
  • BMW Ladies Championship
  • Maybank Championship
  • Toto Japan Classic
  • CME Group Tour Championship

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