90 make cut in Houston


It has been three decades since the weekend field of a PGA Tour event was as big as the one currently assembled in Houston.

When the 36-hole cut at the Shell Houston Open was made Saturday morning, 90 players qualified for the third round. Since 1970, only the 1981 Travelers Championship had more players (91) make the 36-hole cut in a non-major tournament.

Despite a large portion of the field making the halfway cut, there were only 10 shots separating leader Jeff Maggert from the players who made the cut at 2 under par or better.

Per PGA Tour rules, the field will be whittled down after the third round. When 78 or more pros make the midway cut, another cut is made after 54 holes to reduce the field to a number nearest 70 players.