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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.
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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 .
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Vani's two-day combined effort of 3-under 141, saw her lie in 16th position after 36 holes of golf as she comfortably made the cut reserved for the top 36 ladies + ties, who will now go into the championship round later today.
Three amateurs made the cut, with Ohio State's Will Grimmer posting a 145 for the best score among the nonprofessionals.
Brandon McIver, who is tied for 32nd place at 143, and Jonathan Woo, tied for 43rd at 144, each made the cut after two rounds of stroke play.
The five-times Open champion hit the headlines again in 2009 when he lost a playoff to Stewart Cink aged 59 and, now 64, he made the cut at Hoylake last night.
Six players above 50 made the cut and they were Langer ( 56), Lyle ( 56), Mize ( 55), Couples ( 54), Vijay ( 51) and Miguel Angel Jimenez ( 50).
Since 1962, the top 44 players and those tied for 44th after 36 holes have made the cut, but that will be increased to 50 and ties this week.
He made his debut in a Major at The Open Championship in 2011 at Royal George's in Kent (England) and even made the cut. Last year, his run at the Asian Tour events, which were co-sanctioned by the European Tour, earned him a card for this year.
After a rigorous screening process, and sorting through an extensive list of applicants, 24 students have made the cut and are on their way to a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Space Centre in Houston.
As expected, stars of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games dominate the list, while five female athletes have made the cut in contrast to last year's controversial all-male shortlist.
Former Ryder Cup player David Howell comfortably made the cut after a secondround 70 left him one over heading into the weekend.
HOLDEN - PGA golfer and Holden resident Fran Quinn made the cut and finished tied for 57th place at the recent Nationwide Tour event.
Fifty-four en- tries have made the cut in the media category, with Starcom grabbing 15, Leo Burnett 14 and OMD 12.
"I'm happy I made the cut for the first time in three attempts and shot 65 the first day - ten strokes better than my previous best score," the 28-year-old said.
Bromborough's Waring is down in 122nd in the order with earnings of 42,195 Euros having made the cut in just four of his eight starts so far this season.