Tony Finau wins 3M Open with late surge as Scott Piercy falters down stretch

BLAINE, Minn. — Tony Finau blasted a 4-under 67 to win Sunday’s 3M Open by three shots, erasing a five-stroke deficit with 11 holes remaining as Scott Piercy smashed in the windy TPC Twin Cities the leadership fell .

Piercy followed his tournament record of 54 holes with a wincing 76 to share fourth place, four strokes behind.

Finau finished 17-under 267. Sungjae Im (68) and Emiliano Grillo (71) took second place. James Hahn stormed up the board at 65 to level with Piercy and Tom Hoge (70) at 13 under.

Piercy played four of six holes with a bogey before a triple-bogey implosion occurred in 14th place, giving Finau – who played in the previous trio – a definitive takeover en route to his third career Tour win.

Finau birdied a 31-foot putt on the 15th green to cement his lead while the 6-foot-4 Utah player calmly and confidently crossed the TPC Twin Cities field in his white hat and aqua-striped polo course went.

The surest sign that it was Finau’s day came on number 17. His shot bounced off the side of the grandstand, bounced back onto the green and rolled into the rough – just yards from the water. He landed the perfect chip just a foot from the hole to set the par 3, then smiled slightly as he playfully pressed his hand to his chest as if to pretend the sequence was giving him heart trouble.

On the daunting par-5 18th, Finau found the water off the tee for one final challenge. After the penalty, his recovery shots were spot on. With Piercy watching from the fairway, Finau made a 3-foot bogey to seal it. He clenched his fist several times, took off his hat and walked away to hug his family.

Finau, who placed third at the 3M Open 2020, jumped from 30th to 17th in the FedEx Cup race. He started the week 17th in the world rankings.

Piercy shared the first-round lead with Im on Thursday on a 65 and pulled away on Friday with a 64 to put a three-shot lead into the weekend.

The 43-year-old from Las Vegas, who still makes his hometown his hometown, extended his lead to four strokes after enduring Saturday’s 6 1/2-hour delay to let rain and lightning play through. His foot bothered him so much that he started taking off his right shoe after each swing and walking in his sock to the next lounger.

That was nothing compared to the drudgery he found himself in on Sunday. After six holes he was 20-under. Less than an hour later, Piercy was in trouble. After bogeying just three times on his first 61 holes, he went over par on seven of his last 11, including the 7 he made on #14.

Piercy’s drive hit the fairway bunker and his wedge of sand didn’t budge him off the sand. With a risky, last attempt to get back on track, his next attempt from the bunker splashed into the water briefly and to the left of the green – instead of a safer play to the right. After the drop, Piercy landed in the rough. Then his next attempt stopped 3 inches short of the cup.

Grillo, the Argentine who finished second at the John Deere Classic three weeks ago, also had a triple bogey that played a big part in the end, a 7 in 7th place.

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Emma Bowman

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