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After two days of low scoring at the 2023 John Deere Classic, Cameron Young has the lead after two sensational rounds of golf. The 26-year-old, who is the highest-ranked player taking part this weekend, is currently on a score of -13 after rounds of 65 and 64 and will now be confident of securing his first win on the PGA Tour on Sunday.
At the other end of the leaderboard, however, more than 80 players will be rueing their poor performance over the first two days as they have missed the cut line. The course in Illinois has played nicely which has meant a higher-than-usual line.
What was the cut line at the 2023 John Deere Classic?
Given that the course has played so nicely, the cut line at the event always seemed likely to be under-par, however, no one could have predicted where it ended up. The cut line rule at the John Deere Classic is the same rule that is applied to the majority of PGA Tour events – anyone inside the top 65 (including ties) after round two is eligible to continue playing over the weekend.
After day two, the cut line was locked in at -4 which meant all players who had scored -3 or worse have been forced to pack their bags and go home. Considering many people claimed the field this week was of a poor standard, a cut line of -4 perhaps shows just how vast the quality is now in the world of golf.
Who has missed the cut at the 2023 John Deere Classic?
In total, 85 players have missed the cut in Illinois. Here are some of the standout names who won’t be participating on day three or four.
Joel Dahmen is one of the most colourful personalities on tour and also one of the most frustrating due to his apparent lack of self-belief. This lack of belief can sometimes cross over into apathy of the game which has been there for all to see in recent weeks.
Despite starting this season relatively well with three consecutive top-ten finishes in November, it has all unraveled for Dahmen since the turn of the year. Coming into the John Deere Classic he had missed the cut in each of his last four events and you can now make that five despite not playing particularly badly around TPC Deere Run. He finishes his week with a score of -3, and some mega putts in his back pocket.
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Considering the season that Hadwin has enjoyed on the PGA Tour, the fact that he has missed the cut at TPC Deere Run is definitely a surprise. The Canadian has five top-ten finishes this season with two second-place finishes also to his name.
It was only last week that Hadwin narrowly missed out on beating Rickie Fowler in a playoff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic, too. Perhaps the hangover of disappointment from that loss has made things more difficult for Hadwin this week but he still would have expected to make the cut.
Unfortunately for the 35-year-old, an overall score of +1 didn’t even threaten the cut line and he will now be on his way home.
There won’t be anyone more disappointed with themselves this week than Ben Taylor. The Englishman has been a shocking run of form and has now missed the cut in ten of his last 12 events on the PGA Tour and he may well be better served taking some time away from tournaments to work on his game without the pressure of competition.
Taylor was the worst-performing professional in the field this week after carding rounds of 75 and 78. He leaves the event with a score of +11 which will not sit well with a player who had their eyes on the Ryder Cup at the start of the year.
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