Piercy leads the rainy 3M Open by 4 after the third round of the marathon

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Scott Piercy shot a 5-under 66 at TPC Twin Cities in the rain Saturday in a round that was delayed more than 6 1/2 hours to take a four-shot lead in the final round 3M open.

Playing through a painful blister in his right heel, Piercy, 43, had an 18-under 195 total. He has four PGA Tour wins.

“I struggled and loving to prove and show that I can still do it and I can do it is a big confidence boost,” Piercy said.

Emiliano Grillo finished second after a 67. Tony Finau and Doug Ghim tied for third, five strokes back. They each shot 65.

Play was suspended for 6 hours and 38 minutes. Tee times were increased and the ground played on split three tees, but play was suspended at 10.57am and did not resume until 5.35pm.

Piercy played through the blister he says developed yesterday after wearing a new pair of shoes.

After opening with two pars, Piercy birdied the next five holes before play was suspended. The run started with an 18-foot putt on the par-4 third. . Piercy converted the next four birdies, all with putts from within 15 feet.

Only then did the blistering pain creep in, so much so that he took his shoe off between shots until the 14th hole.

“When you walk that weirdly your body sort of adjusts, so put the shoe back on and try to get yourself into it properly,” Piercy said. “I felt like I couldn’t get into my setup like I normally do and I felt that was where a few loose hits were coming from, as well as the fatigue.”

Piercy even tied on his last 11 holes, bogeying the par-5 18th. He went for the green in two and hit short into the water.

This is the sixth time Piercy has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, the last being at the 2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He won two of those events, the 2011 Barracuda Championship and the 2015 Barbasol Championship. His last victory was at the 2018 Zurich Classic in New Orleans, where he teamed up with Billy Horschel.

Grillo hit the par-5 sixth hole for the second day in a row.

“If (Piercy) brings half of his game from today to tomorrow, it’s going to be very difficult,” Grillo said.


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