The CUT should not be tied to the purse!
The CUT is now determined by the governing
body as the top 70 and ties. They are now considering changing that. WE
support the "closest to top 70 players" rule.
The TV networks also
some say in the size of the cut, along with starting
times, so that they can televise the players they
Ties at the CUT!
As the quality of the overall field increases, the number of
players tied at the cut is going to increase. This will allow more
players to compete.
The tournaments need the
latitude to select any acceptable number for the final cut
based on what is best for course conditions, sponsors,
and TV without regard to the purse.
They like 66, 72, 78 or 84,
because these numbers are divisible by both 2 and 3 for
the number of players in a group.
The probability of a first place ties increases dramatically at the
magic number of 84 for a final cut.
It is our conclusion that if the best 120 players
were allowed to enter a tournament and the
final cut made as high as 96 there would be a 80 % chance of a 3 way tie
and a 30% chance of a 4 way tie.
More players, more excitement! And no one player
See our comment on the
purse payout versus the cut.