Masters 2023: What score is needed to make the cut at Augusta? Can an amateur win the Masters?

The race for the Green Jacket at Augusta National continues on Saturday, with competitors still battling to make it past the cut and into the weekend’s action

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The 2023 edition of the The Masters resumes on Saturday, with Rory McIlroy set to miss the cut at Augusta National in Georgia, USA.

McIlroy shot a five over par 77 on Friday to leave him on five over for the tournament.

As with every major, around half of the field from Thursday and Friday will not compete over the weekend as a cut is imposed after two days, with only those reaching a certain score playing on Saturday and Sunday - and for part of the $15 million prize pot.

However, play was suspended on Friday due to the threat of electric storms and with trees also falling on the course. With not every player completing their round, the cut has yet to be applied.

The projected cut stands at two over par ahead of the resumption of action on Saturday afternoon. Brooks Koepka held a three-shot lead going into the weekend, as he shot a halfway total of 12 under par, with Jon Rahm his closest challenger on nine under but the Spaniard has yet to finish his second round.

One of the big stories developing from Augusta is that of amateur Sam Bennett, who is four shots behind Koepka after two rounds. If he wins the tournament, he will not collect any prize money. but will still be able to don the famous green jacket and would become the first amateur to do so.

Here is everything you need to know about when the cut will happen at The Masters and what sort of score is likely to be required in order to avoid dropping out.

When is The Masters 2023 cut?

The cut takes place after every participant has played two full rounds on the course, which will happen on Saturday afternoon after a number of players had their second rounds delayed.

A par score at Augusta is 72 but the cut can only be decided once round two is complete. Usually a score slightly over par is enough for players to make the cut, with the projected cut sitting at two over par.

How many players will make The Masters 2023 cut?

In order to make the cut after 36 holes, players must be in the top 50 places, counting ties. With 88 players taking part in total, just under half the field will be eliminated after day two.

Is the 10 stroke rule still used at The Masters 2023?

The Masters scrapped the 10-stroke rule in 2020, which previously allowed players within 10 strokes of the lead to continue playing on Saturday and Sunday, even if they were not inside the top 50.

What score will be required to make The Masters 2023 cut?

The score required to make sure a player survives the cut will not be determined until after the end of play on day two given it is decided on the top 50 scores, which are subject to change each year.

At the 2022 edition of the competition a score of four over par proved enough to make the cut, with any player scoring worse than five over par eliminated after two rounds

Some of the big surprises from last year’s tournament saw Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka fail to make the cut as they both scored six over par.