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3M Open 2022 leaderboard: Scott Piercy extends TPC Twin Cities lead after Round 3 was delayed due to bad weather

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Due to afternoon thunderstorms, the start of the third round of the 3M Open 2022 was postponed, and with it, ideal conditions for scoring of participants appeared. Not to mention the breeze, the available bowling spots and the reduced number of cards, many players took advantage of TPC Twin Cities Moving Day. Unfortunately for the field, this included Scott Piercy, who commanded a three-stroke lead early in the third round and extended it to four after round 5-to-66.

The 43-year-old pared his first two holes and then hit five consecutive birdies to hit 18 under, extending his lead to four shots over Emiliano Grillo. Apparently, in the midst of one of those weeks when everything that can go right goes right, the only thing that could stop Piercy was Mother Nature and a blister on the sole of his foot.

The predicted thunderstorms came a little earlier than expected, and all the players were called off the golf course when the last group stepped onto the eighth hole. Six hours and 38 minutes later, play finally resumed.

At one point, after hitting 19 below, the bogey on the latter dropped Piercy back to 18 below, where he started the restart. While he has seen his lead over Grillo grow, there are still plenty of worthy contenders in the fight, including pre-tournament favorite Tony Finau just five shots back.

Leader

1. Scott Piercy (-18): The person who was in the lead after Thursday and Friday will also be in the lead after Saturday with the third round of 5-under 66s. To say this performance came out of nowhere would be an understatement, as Pearcy entered the 3M Open with only two top 20 finishes. of the season and having missed four of the last six cuts.

Starting the week outside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings, Piercy will catapult into the top 50 if he can hold on. It’s been seven years since his last individual win, and nerves may have gotten on his nerves on his 18th hole on Saturday when he dropped his approach into the water, eventually leading to a scare. If they continue tomorrow, this tournament will turn into a completely different game.

Other contenders

2. Emiliano Grillo (-14)

T3. Doug Gim and Tony Finau (-13)

5. Tom Hoge (-12)

T6. Sungjae Im and Grayson Sigg (-11)

Piercy’s lead seems irresistible, and while conventional wisdom suggests that Grillo is a candidate to go after him, Finau may be the wiser choice. With ample firepower, the two-time PGA Tour winner put on an incredible play from first to green during the first three days at TPC Twin Cities. Unfortunately, Finau was unable to replicate this skill on the green. If he does it tomorrow, he will have a real opportunity to scare Piercy.

FedEx Cup Aftermath to Watch Out For

It seems like just yesterday the PGA Tour was in Hawaii to kick off the 2021-22 season. In the blink of an eye after the 3M Open ended, there were only two tournaments left. To sum up the importance of the late season, Piercy is predicted to move from 138th in the season race to 46th with a win.

While Piercy could advance to the second round of the playoffs, others are hoping to just make it to the first. Chesson Hadley, the player who ranked 125th last year, is set to make a similar move from 143rd to 127th, while former world No. 1 Jason Day is expected to drop a few spots to No. 125. Other players to keep in mind in this context when watching the final round include Patton Kizzir, Tyler Duncan and Matthias Schwab as they are right inside the postseason bubble.

2022 3M Open updated odds and picks

  • Scott Piercy: 5/7
  • Tony Finau: 9/2
  • Emiliano Grillo: 5-1
  • Doug Gim: 9-1
  • Tom Hoge: 18-1
  • Sungjae Im: 22-1
  • Grayson Sigg: 40-1

There aren’t many players on the list below 100-1 as Piercy will be hard to catch. However, the door did open on the 18th hole of his third round when he made a bogey on an attainable par 5, putting some of his opponents back in the fight. If Piercy can’t do the job, expect Finau to do it. Despite this opinion, this is not a bet on the current number, as four hits over 18 holes is a lot to make up for lost time. So aiming for Finau in three balls and letting the tournament play out might be a smart move.


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