Scott Piercy shoots 64, takes 3-shot lead in 3M Open

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BLAINE, Minn. — Scott PiercyTPC Twin Cities shot a 7-under 64 Friday to take a three stroke lead in the 3M Open.

Piercy shot a total of 13-under 129. Four-time PGA Tour winner Piercy opened with a 65 in windy conditions on Thursday.

Emiliano GrilloIt was second after a 65. Callum TarrenHad a 63 to reach 8 below and Tony Finau(68), was 7 under with Robert Streb (67), Tom Hoge (68), Sungjae Im(70) Doug Ghim (68).

Piercy started his afternoon round on the back nine and birdied the first four holes. He added birdies on No. 2, 6, and 7 were his next birdies. He made a 10-footer on the par-3 eighth to extend his lead.

Piercy admitted that its been a while since his last six cuts, and that he had missed four. To prove it to myself, I know its there, it just seems like, okay, how can we get it out.

There are a lot more things to do this weekend than I expected, but it was great to be out the first two day and do what I did. It gives me confidence going into the weekend.

Piercy, 43, is currently 138th in the FedEx Cup standings. Only the top 125 will make the playoffs and keep full PGA Tour status. Piercy needs a strong finish to the last three weeks of the PGA Tour Season.

He said, Ive known what I need to do for a while, Ive been out there a while. Just wishing it had been done earlier in the season.

Grillo scored the par-5 6th.

Grillo stated, Obviously that one-on-6 its an enormous plus to steal two and thats a hole its kinda hard to get into two, so solid day.

Tarren was one stroke away from the 3M Open tournament record.

Tarren said, I hit every green today so I had so many opportunities. I missed four to five shots within ten feet so it could have been crazy.

Unaware that he was very close to the scoring record, the Englishman birdied 15-17 and narrowly missed a 46-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th.

Cameron ChampThe 2021 winner, Corey Sullivan, birdied four of the last five holes to score a 68 and make it to the top on the number at 1 over.

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