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2022 3M Open leaderboard: Scott Piercy extends lead with nice placing in Spherical 2 at TPC Twin Cities

Scott Piercy prolonged his Spherical 1 lead Friday on the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities and takes a three-stroke benefit over Emiliano Grillo and a five-stroke lead over Callum Tarren in third place into Shifting Day. The match has change into Piercy’s to lose on the midway level, however there are some heavy hitters ready to wash up if he falters over the ultimate two rounds.

Tony Finau is the largest of those names as he backed up his 67 in Spherical 1 with a 68 in Spherical 2 and stays within the combine after a month of maybe his greatest golf of the yr. His story is likely one of the greatest to observe as this match heats up over the following few days and our first post-Open Championship winner is decided.

We’ll get to all of that and extra on this Spherical 2 recap.

The leaders

1. Scott Piercy (-13): After firing the very best spherical Thursday, Piercy fired the second-best spherical Friday. That is usually a very good formulation. Extremely, Piercy remained simply as sizzling together with his putter in Spherical 2 and leads the occasion by a large margin with over eight strokes gained on the greens. In the event you’re in search of a purpose to go in opposition to him in both a matchup or the match general, that is a fairly good one.

On the flip facet, he is putting the ball splendidly, and has only one bogey in his first 36 holes. This is a stat that reveals simply how properly he is taking part in to date this week: Piercy has gained over twice as many strokes on the sector because the group of gamers that is at present tied for ninth. He is in search of his first particular person PGA Tour win since 2015 when he gained the Barbasol Championship.

“Clearly it feels nice,” Piercy stated of his lead. “It has been a bit of bit since I’ve performed like I really feel like I ought to play. To sort of show it to myself once more, I do know it is in there, it is identical to, okay, how will we get it out of me. There’s a variety of enterprise to deal with this weekend, however to come back out the primary two days and do what I did provides me a variety of confidence going into the weekend.”

Different contenders

2. Emiliano Grillo (-10)

3. Callum Tarren (-8)

T4. Sungjae Im, Robert Streb, Tony Finau, Tom Hoge (-7)

Finau is in an ideal place to get his first win of the season. Whereas it is true that he is six again of Piercy, it is also true that he is second within the subject in tee-to-green sport by a large margin. He is been a beneath common putter this week, which signifies that if something begins dropping, he’ll be a handful over the past two rounds. Finau has a very good historical past right here, too, with three prime 30 finishes and a T3 again in 2020. Hoge, by the way in which, is the one participant on this subject hitting it higher than Finau. He, too, has misplaced strokes together with his putter.

Quote of the day

Finau was requested how he dealt with the flight from Scotland to Minnesota, and his reply was nice (and relatable!).

“I inform folks this on a regular basis, lots of people sleep, espresso — espresso is a large factor — however when you might have 5 youngsters in your face, as quickly as you see them, jet lag’s all gone,” Finau stated. “Perhaps that is an enormous purpose why I am not feeling a variety of jet lag, I’ve received my household right here and it has been a variety of enjoyable.”

Shot of the day

Chesson Hadley hit a really ridiculous chip off the inexperienced, onto a tiny patch of tough, again onto the inexperienced and one way or the other made it. Don’t do that at dwelling. Hadley shot 2 beneath and is T9 after two rounds.

3M Open odds, picks

Here’s a take a look at the up to date odds after 36 holes of play, through Caesars Sportsbook.

  • Scott Piercy: 5/2
  • Emiliano Grillo: 5-1
  • Tony Finau: 11/2
  • Sungjae Im: 6-1
  • Callum Tarren: 12-1
  • Tom Hoge: 14-1
  • Doug Ghim: 25-1

Going solely on numbers, I like Finau and Hoge right here. The out-of-control putter will doubtless catch as much as Piercy in some unspecified time in the future, and Finau and Hoge are hitting the ball like match winners proper now. Hoge not solely leads in tee-to-green but in addition strategy pictures and will have loads of seems to be over the following two days. Six strokes seems to be like so much, but it surely’s in all probability going to be shorter than that after the third spherical. I would want Hoge at 14-1 over Finau at 11/2, however I would take both of them.

Rick Gehman and Jonathan Coachman recap Friday’s motion on the 3M Open. Observe & hearken to The First Minimize on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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