There are a couple aspects that could alter the cutline due to changes we have seen this past year or so... we have lost some players that passed away, but we have also seen a fair number of highly proficient players either quit or just move on to other things....
Then again, there are a lot of players who likely on their first couple attempts posted 56 and 57 scores and felt they left shots out there. As time passes they will more than likely lower their qualifying scores to 55 and lower and 3 -4 dozen will drop to 54 or lower.
Some people may just be charting the course before they go out and try to post their best score.
With only 1 week into the event of an unlimited play that will last 2 months... I will be surprised if the cut line ends up higher than 55.
I believe the last couple years there were anywhere between 80 and just over a 100 scores that fell on the cut line.
I think it is very possible at a minimum there will be 40 - 60 scores at 54 and lower and once again over 100 scores on a cut line of 55. If things remain consistent with past qualifiers.