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Record number of players make 36-hole Heritage cut

Jesper Parnevik
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Several players in this week’s field at the RBC Heritage now likely owe Jesper Parnevik a drink – if not a few bucks.

With second-round play suspended late Friday due to inclement weather, Parnevik returned to the course Saturday morning with the fate of the 36-hole cut in his hands. Had the Swede made his 5-foot par putt on the 18th hole, he would have been among the 70 players at +1 or better to play the weekend.

Instead, he missed the putt and moved the cut line to +2, which let a whopping 21 players back into the tournament.

According to the PGA Tour, the 91 players this week ties the 1981 Travelers Championship for the most to make a 36-hole cut since 1970. Among the direct beneficiaries of Parnevik’s miss were Hunter Mahan, last year’s runner-up Zach Johnson and 2011 Heritage champion Brandt Snedeker.

With so many players making the cut, a secondary cut will be instituted after Saturday’s third round, with the goal again to trim the field to low 70 plus ties. Those that miss the 54-hole cut will be labeled “MDF” – standing for Made cut, Didn’t Finish – and will still receive official money and, perhaps more importantly, FedEx Cup points.