BLAIN, Minnesota At the 3M Open, which was delayed by more than 6hours due to rain on Saturday, Scott Piercy recorded a 5-under 66 to take a 4-stroke lead into the final round.
The 43-year-old Piercy recorded a total of 18-under par while battling a severe blister on his right heel. He has won four times on the PGA Tour.
I’ve had challenges, but being able to demonstrate that I’m still capable of doing it gives me a lot more confidence, said Piercy.
Following a 67, Emiliano Grillo came in second. Five strokes behind in a tie for third place were Tony Finau and Doug Ghim. They each made 65 shots.
For six hours and eight minutes, the game was halted. Tee timings were advanced, and played the field from split tees. Play, however, was stopped at 10:57 am and didn’t start again until 5:35 pm.
Piercy continued to play despite the blister he said appeared yesterday after donning a new pair of shoes.
Piercy started the round with two pars and then went on to ace the next five holes before the game was called. On the par-4 third, an 18-foot putt started the run. Piercy made his subsequent four birdies with putts all inside of 15 feet.
Only then did the blister’s discomfort start to become unbearable, forcing him to remove his shoe before each shot until the 14th hole.
Putting the shoe back on and attempting to properly position yourself over it is important, according to Piercy, because when you walk that way, your body sort of adjusts. “I felt like I couldn’t set up like I normally do, and I felt like that’s where a couple of the loose shots came from, combined with the fatigue,” the shooter said.
Over his final 11 holes, Piercy was even par, but he bogeyed the par-5 18th. He attempted to putt for the green in two but missed and hit the water.
Piercy currently holds at least a share of the 54-hole lead for the sixth time, the last occurrence occurring at the 2016 WGC Bridge stone Invitational. Two of those competitions the 2011 Barracuda Championship and the 2015 Barbasol Championships have been won by him. His most recent triumph was alongside Billy Horschel in the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The par-5 sixth hole was eagled by Grillo for the second straight day.
It will be very difficult if Piercy plays even half as well tomorrow as he did today, according to Grillo.