BLAINE, Minn. — Tony Finau shot a 4-under 67 to win the 3M Open by three strokes on Sunday, erasing a five-stroke deficit with 11 holes to go as Scott Piercy dropped a header in the TPC windward stretch Twin Cities.
Piercy followed his tournament-record 54-hole score with a grimacing 76 to tie for fourth, 4 strokes back.
Finau finished at 17 under 267. Sungjae Im (68) and Emiliano Grillo (71) tied for second. James Hahn surged to the board with a 65 to tie Piercy and Tom Hoge (70) at 13 under.
Piercy bogeyed four of six holes before a triple bogey implosion on the No. 14, allowing Finau – playing in the previous line – to take over for good en route to his third career win.
Finau made a 31-foot putt for a birdie on the 15th green to strengthen his grip on the head, as the 6-foot-4 Utah player calmly and confidently navigated the TPC Twin Cities course in his hat. white and his aqua striped polo shirt.
The surest sign that it was Finau’s day came at No 17. His tee shot banged off the side of the stand, ricocheted off the green and rolled into the rough – just yards from the ‘water. He landed the perfect chip less than a foot from the hole to make the par 3, then smiled slightly as he clutched his hand to his chest as if to claim the streak had given him heart trouble.
On the formidable par-5 18th, Finau found the starting water to face a final challenge. After the penalty shot, his recovery shots were perfect. With Piercy watching from the fairway, Finau bogeyed 3ft to seal it. He threw several punches, took off his cap and left to hug his family.
Finau, who finished tied for third at the 3M Open in 2020, moved up from 30th to 17th in the FedEx Cup race. He entered the week ranked 17th in the world.
Piercy shared the first-round lead with Im on Thursday after a 65 and pulled away from the pack on Friday with a 64 to take a three-stroke advantage 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 the 6.5-hour delay on Saturday to let rain and lightning 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 lie.
It was nothing compared to the grind he found himself in on Sunday. He was under 20 after six holes. Less than an hour later, Piercy was in trouble. After posting just three bogeys on his first 61 holes, he has exceeded par on seven of his last 11. This included the 7s he returned on No. 14.
Piercy’s tee shot landed in the fairway bunker, and his sand wedge didn’t get him out of the sand. With a risky, last-ditch approach to getting back on track, his next try from the bunker splashed into water short and to the left of the green – instead of a safer play to the right. After the fall, Piercy hit in the rough. Then his next attempt stopped 3 inches from the cut.
Grillo, the Argentinian who finished tied for second at the John Deere Classic three weeks ago, also had a triple bogey that won out at the end, a 7 over the No. 7.