After what was a rough second day for many golfers, the cut line for the 2013 Masters has dropped a little bit.
Playing at the Augusta National Golf Course is an honor for any golfer no matter what he has accomplished; however, there's no room for sentiment for professionals. Playing the Masters but failing to make the cut would be considered a massive disappointment for many.
As reported by many, the Masters eased the requirements for making the cut (h/t Ryan Herrington of Golf Digest). Any golfer in the top 50, plus ties, will qualify for the weekend rounds, along with any golfer who's within 10 shots of the leader.
While it's not a huge change, switching from what was the norm is a big deal. The previous cut line standards had been in place since 1962. Per the rules, only the top 44 golfers made, plus those within 10 shots of the cut.
Here's a quick look at the top of the leaderboard:
Most of the time, cut lines are only news when looking at some of the big names who find themselves flirting with disasters after putting two poor rounds together.
The cut line for this year in particular is important because history is at stake, as ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter account pointed out:
Tianlang Guan finishes at +4 thru 36 holes. If the cut line holds at +4, he'll be the youngest player ever to make a PGA Tour cut. #Masters— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 12, 2013
Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan made waves with his one-over 73 in the first round. Augusta National has rattled even the most accomplished of pros, so it's almost unfathomable that a player so young could have such a strong round.
He then continued his surprising play by shooting a three-over 75 in the second round. There has been quite a bit of controversy as Guan was given a one-stroke penalty on the 17th hole for slow play.
The penalty is extremely rare, as ESPN Stats and Info noted:
A score of four over could very well see Guan into the final two rounds. He is in a tie for 57th place, so the chances of Guan making the cut are likely down to the play of Marc Leishman and Tiger Woods. Through 14 holes, the 29-year-old Australian is tied for the lead at five under for the tournament. Woods is charging hard, sitting at five under through nine holes.
This means that Guan and the other golfers at four over would be within that 10-shot threshold.
Should Leishman or Woods finish at seven under or better over the two rounds, Guan and any other golfer at four over is almost certainly toast.
Fred Couples ensured that five under will be the maximum cut line. He finished with a one-under 71 on Friday to run his score to a five-under 139 for the first two rounds. Couples' score will only be important should Leisman falter at all.