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Smooth-putting Piercy takes share of the lead at 3M Open

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Scott Piercy shot a 6-under-par 65 to share the 3M Open lead with Sungjae Im after the first round in Blaine, Minn., on Thursday.

Tony Finau was two strokes back, with three near misses of birdie putts over his last four holes, along with Brice Garnett, Doug Ghim, Emiliano Grillo and Tom Hoge.

On a dry, windy day at TPC Twin Cities outside Minneapoli­s, the course’s penchant for producing low scores held up again.

Playing in the second group of the day off the first tee, Piercy made 151 feet worth of putts. He birdied four of the first five holes on his back nine.

The 43-year-old Piercy, who led the 3M Open in 2019 by two strokes after the first round, is one of several on-the-fringe players in the field this year seeking a late-season lift in the Fedex Cup race. Piercy arrived in Minnesota in 138th place, with the cut for the playoffs at 125 and two events left after this to qualify. In four of his past six starts, Piercy has failed to advance to the weekend.

• LPGA TOUR: Nelly Korda shot a 7-under 64 that left her a stroke behind first-round leader Ayaka Furue at the Evian Championsh­ip in Evian-les-bains, France.

The American missed a 12-foot birdie putt at her last hole but still shot her lowest round of the year, continuing her impressive comeback after time out following surgery on a blood clot in her arm.

• PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS: Glen Day converted an eight-foot eagle put at the par-5 18th to take a share of the first-round lead at the Senior British Open in Gleneagles, Scotland.

Day matched Stephen Ames’s bogey-free 6-under 64.

• DP WORLD TOUR: Paul Waring tied the course record by shooting a 9-under 63 for a twostroke lead after the first round of the Cazoo Classic at Hillside in Southport, England.

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