PGA Tour

Piercy fires 62 to lead 3M Open by 2 shots

2019-07-05 06:55
Scott Piercy (Getty)

Blaine - American Scott Piercy caught fire on the back nine en route to a nine-under 62 and a two-shot lead in the first round of the PGA Tour's 3M Open on Thursday.

Piercy, who hasn't won in 14 months, finished his bogey-free round with a six-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th to pull ahead of Canada's Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.

Hadwin and Matsuyama both shot 64.

Piercy rolled in six birdies over his final eight holes after making the turn at the TPC Twin Cities course in three-under. He also had a 30-foot putt for birdie on the par-four 16th.

"I was thinking 4-, 5-under a day would be nice," Piercy said. "You always get one or two guys that kind of go really low, and I just happened to be that guy."

Piercy struggled late at the US Open three weeks ago, including a final-round 77. He took some time off and worked to try and get back on track.

"I put in a few hours Friday, Saturday just to kind of get the rust off," he said.

Hadwin birdied four straight holes among his final nine. He made two putts from between 20 and 25 feet in his round.

"You prepare for a round like today, and you've just got to be ready when it comes," Hadwin said.

Brian Harman, Im Sung-jae, Patton Kizzire and Sam Saunders are tied for fourth after shooting six-under 65.

South African Dylan Frittelli, and Americans Brendan Steele and Bryson DeChambeau are among a large group who shot five-under 66, four shots back of Piercy.

World Number One Brooks Koepka made five birdies for a four-under 67 that left him five shots adrift. Koepka has won six PGA Tour events of which four are major championships.

Phil Mickelson had seven penalty strokes, including two on the par-five 18th, and finished with a three-over 74.

Leading round scores here on Friday in PGA Tour event in Blaine, Minnesota (USA unless noted, par-71)

62 - Scott Piercy

64 - Adam Hadwin (CAN), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

65 - Arjun Atwal (IND), Im Sung-Jae (KOR), Brian Harman, Patton Kizzire, Sam Saunders

66 - Dylan Frittelli (RSA), Cameron Tringale, Tony Finau, Sam Burns, Brendan Steele, Bryson DeChambeau, Ryan Armour, Denny McCarthy, Wyndham Clark

67 - Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Nick Taylor (CAN), Roger Sloan (CAN), Roberto Díaz (MEX), Carlos Ortiz (MEX), Brice Garnett, Pat Perez, Brian Gay, Tom Lehman, Peter Malnati, Justin Suh, Brooks Koepka, Lucas Glover

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