For the third time in five weeks, a surplus of players making the 36-hole cut has caused the PGA Tour to introduce a second cut after 54 holes.
With 83 players teeing off in the third round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, the field was again culled Saturday to the low 70 players plus ties. Among the players who failed to advance was Vijay Singh, who struggled to a 6-over 76 in the third round.
A week after filing suit against the PGA Tour over alleged doping charges made against him, the Fijian failed to make a single birdie Saturday at TPC Four Seasons, dropping to 4-over 214 after 54 holes. He was among 11 players to receive the MDF distinction – standing for Made cut, Didn't Finish – who will not play in Sunday's final round, but will still receive official money and FedEx Cup points based on their finish.
Instituted whenever 78 or more players make the 36-hole cut, the MDF distinction has been somewhat of a mainstay in recent weeks on the PGA Tour. It was required when a record 91 players made the cut at the RBC Heritage last month, and again when an unusually high number of players advanced at the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago.