Most Career Cuts Made in Masters Tournament

Which golfer holds the record for making the most cuts in The Masters Tournament? Jack Nicklaus, which is probably no surprise to anyone reading.

Nicklaus played The Masters Tournament 45 times, and he missed the cut only seven of those times. (He also withdrew once.) Four of Nicklaus' missed cuts happened in the final four times he entered the tournament, 2001 and 2003-05.

Nicklaus missed the cut by one stroke in his very first Masters appearance in 1959. He first made cut was in the 1960 Masters, where he tied for 13th to earn low-amateur honors. Nicklaus' final made cut was at the 2000 Masters where, at age 60, he finished tied for 54th place.

The List: Masters Tournament Cuts-Made Leaders

  • 37 cuts made — Jack Nicklaus. First made cut in 1960, last made cut in 2000.
  • 31 — Fred Couples. First made cut in 1983, last made cut in 2023.
  • 30 — Gary Player. First made cut in 1957, last made cut in 1998.
  • 28 — Phil Mickelson. First made cut in 1991, last made cut in 2024.
  • 27 — Raymond Floyd. First made cut in 1966, last made cut in 1999.
  • 27 — Bernhard Langer. First made cut in 1984, last made cut in 2020.
  • 25 — Arnold Palmer. First made cut in 1955, last made cut in 1983.
  • 25 — Ben Crenshaw. First made cut in 1972, last made cut in 2007.
  • 24 — Tom Watson. First made cut in 1975, last made cut in 2010.
  • 24 — Tiger Woods. First made cut in 1997, last made cut in 2024.
Nicklaus' longest streak of consecutive cuts made in The Masters was 15, from 1968 through 1982. That is one cumulative record he does not hold for The Masters. Going for a third consetive win in the 1967 Masters, Nicklaus made nine bogeys in a second-round 79 and missed that cut. He failed to make the cut in the 1983 Masters, but did not actually miss the cut — he withdrew due to back spasms.

Fred Couples (31) and Gary Player (30) are the other two golfers who reached 30 career cuts made in The Masters. Player was a three-time winner of the tournament, Couples a one-time champ. (Nicklaus, of course, holds the record with six Masters victories).

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