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2022 3M Open Rankings: Scott Piercy extends lead at TPC Twin Cities after round three delayed by extreme weather

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Afternoon thunderstorms brought forward the start of the third round of the 3M Open 2022, and with it ideal scoring conditions for competitors. Without a breath of wind to speak of, accessible pin locations, and shortened scorecard yardage, many players took advantage of Moving Day at TPC Twin Cities. Unfortunately for the field, that included Scott Piercy, who commanded a three-stroke lead to start the third round and stretched it to four after a 5-under round of 66.

The 43-year-old pared on his first two holes and then birdied five straight to reach 18 under, extending his lead to four shots over Emiliano Grillo. Obviously, in the midst of one of those weeks when all that can be well, is well, the only thing that could stop Piercy was Mother Nature and a blister under his foot.

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The predicted thunderstorms arrived a little earlier than expected and all players were removed from the golf course as the last group set foot on the eighth hole. After six hours and 38 minutes, play finally resumed.

At one point, reaching 19 under, a bogey on the last brought Piercy down to 18 under, where he began the game’s resumption. Although he saw his lead grow over Grillo, many worthy contenders are still in the fight, including pre-tournament favorite Tony Finau just five shots away.

The leader

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

Starting the week outside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup leaderboard, Piercy will propel himself into the top 50 if he can hold his own. It’s been seven years since his last individual victory and nerves may have slipped on his 18th hole on Saturday as he launched his approach into the water, eventually leading to a bogey. If these persist tomorrow, this tournament will turn into a completely different game.

Other suitors

2. Emiliano Grillo (-14)

T3. Doug Ghim and Tony Finau (-13)

5. Tom Hoge (-12)

T6. Sungjae Im and Greyson Sigg (-11)

Piercy’s lead seems insurmountable, and while conventional wisdom suggests Grillo is the candidate to oust him, Finau might be the wisest choice. Possessing great firepower in his own right, the two-time PGA Tour winner was incredible from tee to green over the first three days at TPC Twin Cities. Unfortunately, Finau was unable to match this excellence on the greens. If he does tomorrow, he should have a realistic opportunity to scare Piercy.

The implications of the FedEx Cup to watch

Looks like just yesterday the PGA Tour was in Hawaii to kick off the 2021-22 season. In the blink of an eye, there are only two tournaments left after the end of the 3M Open. Summing up the significance of a season-ending charge, Piercy is expected to move up from 138th in the season race to 46th with a win.

While Piercy may move into the second event of the playoffs, others are just hoping to make it to the first. Chesson Hadley – the 125th-ranked player 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 places to No. 125. other players to keep in mind in this context when watching the final round include Patton Kizzire, Tyler Duncan and Matthias Schwab, as they are just inside the playoff bubble.

2022 3M Open odds and picks updated

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

There aren’t a ton of players listed below 100-1 since Piercy will be hard to catch. However, the door opened on the 18th hole of his third round when he bogeyed the accessible par 5, putting some of his competitors back in the running. If Piercy doesn’t do the job, expect Finau to do it. Despite that sentiment, it’s a no-bet at the current number, because four strokes over 18 holes is a lot of ground to make up. As such, targeting Finau in a three-ball and letting the tournament go may be the right move.

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