Tony Finau put in a terrific performance on Sunday to win the 3M Open with a final score of 17 under par – although it wasn’t an entirely comfortable finish.
The American finished his final round with six birdies and two bogeys to post the second-best tied score of the day with a 67. A bogey came on the 18th after Finau got into the water, but he didn’t never been in real danger after starting that hole with a four-stroke lead.
Finau’s charge to the front of the field began on his back nine, when he birdied four over six holes – including three in a row on 14, 15 and 16 – coinciding perfectly with the collapse from 54-hole leader Scott. Piercy.
Speaking to CBS after leaving the 18th green, Finau said he felt like he was way off the lead until everything started to change.
“[It took] really everything I had,” he said. “I was playing really well, and every time I looked at it, it felt like I was four or five strokes behind, really all day.
“I really got things going in the back nine, and once I took control of tournament golf, it was a totally different mindset, trying to seal the deal.
“It’s so special to have my family here with me, and to celebrate this win with them…this one was for them.”
Piercy started his day at 18 under with a four-stroke lead, and he was cruising early, making some early birdies to jump to 20 under, with his buffer extending to five. But it all started to fall apart on the eighth hole.
After consecutive bogeys on eight and nine, Piercy also bogeyed 11, teased a rebound with a birdie on 12, then capitulated with bogey, triple bogey, bogey his next three holes to drop down the leaderboard. . Over the course of eight holes, he dropped seven strokes, eliminating himself completely from contention.
Piercy finished tied for fourth at 13 under after his 76, with fellow Americans Tom Hoge and James Hahn, Hahn’s six under 65s finishing two strokes better than any other final round.
That group was one shot behind Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and South Korea’s Im Sung-jae, who were tied for second at 14 under.
Rounding out the top 10 were English duo Danny Willett and Callum Tarren, tied for seventh at 10 under with Greyson Sigg, with Chesson Hadley one shot back.
Recent PGA Tour winner JT Poston headlined the group at eight under, and Australia’s Cam Davis was at seven under as he prepares to defend his Rocket Mortgage Classic crown next week.