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Top-50 cut line watch for Thomas, Rahm, Day

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Several notable players need a good round Friday to ensure they stick around for the weekend at the Masters.

The cut for the year’s first major is a little different than the other three Grand Slam events.

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The low 50 players and ties, or any player within 10 strokes of the leader, will earn a tee time on the weekend. That rule was instituted in 2013; previously, it had been the low 44 and ties.

Jordan Spieth, who opened with 66, could extend his lead even further Friday, with warm, sunny, calm conditions expected. If that’s the case, Justin Thomas (T-43), Jon Rahm (T-54), Adam Scott (T-54), Jason Day (T-54) and Sergio Garcia (T-85) all are players to watch as the field is cut down.