make the cut

make the cut

1. In golf, to match or better the score necessary to remain in the final two rounds of a four-round tournament. It wasn't looking good for her early in this tournament, but thanks to a string of great shots in the last nine holes, Ms. Ryder was able to make the cut in the end.
2. By extension, to meet the requirements necessary for an application to be successful or to be selected from a group of candidates. You might have an impressive resume, but you'll never make the cut if you don't have excellent interview skills. Because of my poor grades in math, I ended up not making the cut for Harvard.
See also: cut, make

make (or miss) the cut

come up to (or fail to come up to) a required standard.
In golf, a player has to equal or better a particular score in order to avoid elimination from the last two rounds of a four-round tournament. If the player succeeds, they make the cut .
See also: cut, make
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You know, this is just my third week on the Tour, and I am only trying to make the cut every week and I am getting better every week," he said.
But Gore (Hart High/Pepperdine) failed to make the cut Friday at Torrey Pines after rounds of 79 and 76.
The big goal coming out to Australia was to make the cut and experience a full week of competition.
Stan James make Howell 4-6 to make the cut, but he is more like a 1-4 chance.
The former St Andrews winner is 4-1 to miss out around the Old Course, but Garcia is tipping the 1984 champion to make the cut.
She shot a 3-under 69 in the second round Friday to make the cut by five strokes.
I was eight out of the lead at the time and I was thinking if I could just make the cut, there's a chance.
David looked good,'' said Ernie Els, who had to scramble to reach par and barely make the cut while playing in a trio of major-tournament winners Friday.
The bet will last no more than two days because it is inconceivable that both golfers will make the cut.
IG, who based a revised Hotshots quote on the US Tour's official website, which gave Duval and Co as having missed the cut, are still discussing how to settle bets because, if all four players make the cut on an IG Hotshots line buyers qualify for a 20-point bonus.
I just tried to make the cut, That's the only thing I was thinking,'' Maruyama said with the aide of an interpreter.
Last Friday, he was playing at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, where his 80-77-157 failed to make the cut in the 104th Southern California Golf Association Amateur Championship.
Craig Steinberg of Van Nuys shot 75-72-147 to make the cut and remain in contention for a record-tying fifth SCGA Amateur championship.
Corey Pavin, who won the Nissan Open in 1994 and '95, shot 71-74 - 145 on Thursday and Friday and failed to make the cut of even-par 142.
Massingham misses cut: Brett Massingham, the assistant professional at San Clemente's Marbella Country Club who's believed to be the first person with multiple sclerosis to play in a PGA Tour event, failed to make the cut for the weekend.
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