With a big confidence boost, Scott Piercy takes 4-stroke lead into final round of rainy 3M Open

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BLAINE, Minn. — Scott Piercy shot a 5-under 66 to take a 4-stroke lead into the final round of the 3M Open at rain-soaked TPC Twin Cities on Saturday in round that was delayed more than 6½ hours.

Piercy, 43, played through a painful blister to his right heel and finished with an 18-under total of 195. He has four PGA Tour wins.

Piercy stated, Ive had my struggles. To like prove and show I can still do it. It is a huge confidence booster.

Emiliano GrilloIt was second after a total of 67. Tony Finau Doug GhimThey were tied for third, 5 shots back. Each shot 65.

Play was suspended for six hours, 38 minutes. The field was divided into threesomes and the tee times were moved up. Play was suspended at 10 :57 a.m., and it didnt resume until 5.35 p.m.

Piercy battled through the blister he said he developed yesterday after he wore a new pair shoes.

Piercy birdied the five remaining holes after opening with two Pars. The run started with an 18-foot putt at the par-4 third. Piercy converted four more birdies with putts within 15 feet.

The blister pain began to creep in only after that.

Piercy explained that walking so strangely can cause your body to adjust. She suggested putting the shoe on again and setting up over it correctly. I felt like it was impossible to get into my set up like I do, and thats where a few of the loose shots and the tiredness came from.

Piercy finished even par on his last 11 holes and made a bogey at the par-5 18th. He hit short into the water and went for the green in just two.

Piercy holds at least a portion of the 54-hole leader for the sixth time, with the last being at the 2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He has won two of those events: the 2011 Barracuda Championship, and the 2015 Barbasol Championship. His last victory was in the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He teamed with Billy Horschel.

Grillo made par on the par-5 sixth hole, his second consecutive success.

If [Piercy]Grillo said that if Grillo brings half of his game from now to tomorrow, its going be very difficult.

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