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Finau surges to win 3M Open as Piercy unravels

BLAINE, Minn. — After studying he was the betting favourite for the 3M Open, Tony Finau felt the stress surprisingly mount in his thoughts as he sought to increase the momentum he has constructed this summer season.

Taking part in catch-up proved to be the correct method for his third PGA Tour victory.

Finau shot a Four-under 67 to win the 3M Open by three strokes Sunday, erasing a five-stroke deficit with 11 holes left as Scott Piercy tumbled out of the lead down the stretch at windy TPC Twin Cities.

“I anticipated myself to contend and win once more this 12 months, so to have the ability to do it this late within the season whenever you’re operating out of tournaments and you set that sort of expectation on your self, it is so satisfying,” mentioned Finau, who completed at 17-under 267.

Sungjae Im (68) and Emiliano Grillo (71) tied for second place. Piercy adopted his tournament-record 54-hole rating with a wince-inducing 76 to tie for fourth, 4 strokes again. James Hahn surged up the board with a 65 to match Piercy and Tom Hoge (70) at 13 below.

Piercy bogeyed 4 of six holes earlier than a triple-bogey implosion on No. 14, permitting Finau — enjoying within the previous trio — to take over for good. Gracefully congratulated by Piercy outdoors the scoring tent, the 32-year-old Finau recorded the biggest profitable rally in 4 editions of this occasion.

“I am about nearly as good an instance as any of how powerful it’s to seal the deal,” mentioned Finau, whose prior victories have been in 2016 and 2021. He has 10 second-place finishes and three thirds. “Anytime you win one, it is superior to get the respect of the blokes that you just’re enjoying in opposition to.”

The strongest assist got here, naturally, from his spouse and 5 kids. They stayed with him in a rented home subsequent to the course and adopted him from tee to inexperienced. Fishing expeditions and household meals helped Finau preserve his thoughts off his swing when it did not have to be there.

“I am a husband,” Finau mentioned. “I am a dad. I am their buddy. I attempt to have time with them.”

Finau, who tied for third on the 3M Open in 2020, jumped from 30th to 17th within the FedEx Cup race. He entered the week ranked 17th on the planet.

Finau made a 31-foot putt for birdie on the 15th inexperienced to strengthen his grip on the lead, as he confidently walked the course in his slender 6-foot-Four body, white hat and aqua-striped polo.

The surest signal this was Finau’s day got here on No. 17. His tee shot clanged off the facet of the grandstand, ricocheted again onto the inexperienced and rolled into the tough — only a few ft from the water. He landed the right chip inside a foot of the outlet to make the par Three, then smiled barely as he playfully clamped his hand on his chest as if to faux the sequence gave him coronary heart bother.

On the daunting par-5 18th, Finau discovered the water off the tee to face one last problem. However with Piercy wanting on from the golf green, Finau made a Three-footer for bogey to seal it. He pumped his fist a number of occasions, took off his cap and walked off to embrace his household.

Piercy shared the first-round lead with Im on Thursday after a 65 and pulled away from the pack Friday with a 64 to take a three-shot edge into the weekend. He stretched his result in 4 strokes after enduring the 6½-hour climate delay and a painful heel blister Saturday.

That was nothing in comparison with the grind he discovered himself in Sunday. He was at 20-under after six holes. Lower than an hour later, Piercy was in bother. After posting solely three bogeys on his first 61 holes, he went over par on seven of his final 11. That included the 7 he turned in on No. 14.

Piercy’s tee shot landed within the fairway bunker, and his sand wedge did not get him out of the sand. With a dangerous, last-ditch method to get again on monitor, his subsequent attempt from the bunker splashed within the water brief and left of the inexperienced — as a substitute of a safer play to the correct. After the drop, Piercy hit into the tough. Then his subsequent try stopped Three inches wanting the cup.

This was the fourth time in six tries that Piercy held or shared the three-round lead and didn’t win the event.

Grillo, the Argentine who tied for second on the John Deere Basic three weeks in the past, additionally had a triple bogey that loomed massive ultimately, a 7 on No. 7. There have been 303 balls within the water this week, probably the most all season on tour.

“Tony pressed actually laborious on the fuel, and he simply made it very laborious for everyone,” Grillo mentioned.

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