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Scott Piercy has shot a second-round seven-under-par 64 at TPC Twin Cities to take a three-stroke lead at the PGA event in Blaine.
The four-time PGA Tour winner is 13 under after he opened with a 65 on Thursday in windy conditions.
Argentina's Emiliano Grillo is second after a 65. Englishman Callum Tarren (63) is third at eight under while Americans Tony Finau (68), Robert Streb (67), Tom Hoge (68), Doug Ghim (68) and Sungjae Im (70) of South Korea are all seven under after 36 holes.
Cam Davis (68) is tied-14th and the leading Australian at four under. Aaron Baddeley (68) is two under, one shot ahead of Cameron Percy (69) and Greg Chalmers (71). Jason Day (72) is a further stroke adrift while Daniel Geale and Brett Drewitt missed the cut.
Starting his afternoon round on the back nine, Piercy birdied the first four holes, adding birdies on the second, sith and sevent coming home to extend his lead.
"It's been a little bit since I've played like I feel like I should play," Piercy, who had missed four of his last six cuts, said.
"To kind of prove it to myself again, I know it's in there, it's just like, OK, how do we get it out of me.
"There's a lot of business to take care of this weekend, but to come out the first two days and do what I did gives me a lot of confidence going into the weekend."
The 43-year-old Piercy, at 138th place in the FedEx Cup standings with only the top 125 making the playoffs and keeping full PGA Tour status, needs a strong finish over the final three weeks of the PGA Tour season.
"I've been out here a long time, I know what I need to do," he said.
"Just wishing I'd have done it earlier in the season."
Cameron Champ, the 2021 winner, birdied four of his last five holes for a 68 to make the cut at one over.