On the PGA Tour, the result given to those players who made the cut after the first two rounds, but were subject to a second cut after the third round. The cut line on the PGA Tour is generally the top 70 and ties but if more than 78 players made the cut, the second cut again reduces the field to the top 70 and ties. Second cut golfers earn prize money and FedEx Cup points.
Advantages to the Rule
The MDF rule ensures the field will not remain too large during the last 36 holes of a tournament. According to the PGA Tour, 136 cuts in the 12 years leading to the rule change included more than 78 players. The PGA Tour also points out that players who would have been affected by the MDF rule rarely advanced to a top 10 position by the end of the tournament.
Problems with the Rule
Players who make the cut but are not allowed to finish the tournament do not get a chance to improve their position or earn more prize money. Though advances from positions in 60th or 70th place to a position in the top 10 are rare, they do sometimes occur. The PGA Tour cites Anthony Kim’s advancement from 64th place to third place in the 2007 Zurich Classic. If the MDF rule had been in effect, he would not have been allowed to finish the tournament.