3M Open: Scott Piercy opens up two-shot lead after bogey-free 62
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 05/07/19 8:03am
Scott Piercy birdied six of his last eight holes to open up a two-shot lead after the opening round of the PGA Tour's inaugural 3M Open.
Piercy's fast finish closed out a bogey-free 62 at TPC Twin Cities in Minnesota and pulled the American clear of nearest challengers Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama.
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Brian Harman is in the group of four players sharing fourth on six under, with Bryson DeChambeau one of nine players sitting three off the pace after an opening-round 66.
"You always get one or two guys go really low and I just happened to be that guy," Piercy said. "I was thinking [pre-round] four or five under a day would be nice."
Piercy opened with four straight pars but moved up the leaderboard after a 40-minute weather delay due to the threat of lightning, holing from close range at the fifth and posting back-to-back birdies from the eighth.
Reaching the turn in 32, Piercy followed successive gains from the 12th with three straight birdies from the 14th - including a 30-footer at the 16th - before adding another from eight feet at the par-five last.
Matsuyama took advantage of the calm morning conditions to card an opening-round 65, with his only bogey coming on his final hole, while Hadwin - playing two groups behind - fired four straight birdies from the fourth to also get to seven under.
Sungjae Im, Patton Kizzire and Sam Saunders join Harman on six under, as world No 1 Brooks Koepka made a tap-in birdie at the last to close a four-under 67 and get within five of the lead.
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