Piercy extends PGA lead on moving day

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Scott Piercy has shot a five-under 66 at rain-soaked TPC Twin Cities in a round that was delayed more than six and a half hours to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour event in Blaine.

Playing through a painful blister on his right heel, the 43-year-old with four PGA Tour victories to his name sits at 18-under.

"I've had my struggles and to like prove and show that I can still do it and can do it is a big confidence boost," Piercy said.

Argentine Emiliano Grillo is second after a 67 while Americans Tony Finau (65) and Doug Ghim (65) were tied for third, five strokes back.

Cameron Percy (66) is the best-placed Australian in a tie for 21st at six under. Cam Davis (70) is one shot back, with Aaron Baddeley (70) three under, Jason Day (71) one over and Greg Chalmers (75) three over.

After opening with two pars, Piercy birdied the next five holes before play was suspended. The run began with an 18-foot putt on the par-4 third. Piercy converted the next four birdies, all with putts inside 15 feet.

It was only after that the pain from the blister crept in, so much so that he took off his shoe in between every shot up until the 14th hole.

"When you walk that weird, your body kind of adjusts, so putting the shoe back up on and trying to get set up over it correctly," Piercy said.

"I felt like I couldn't get into my setup like I normally do and I felt that's like where a couple of the loose shots came from, along with the tiredness."

It's the sixth time Piercy has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, the last coming at the 2016 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He's won two of those events, the 2011 Barracuda Championship and the 2015 Barbasol Championship. His last victory came in the 2018 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he teamed with Billy Horschel.

"If (Piercy) brings half of his game from today to tomorrow, that's going to be very tough," Grillo, who eagled the par-5 sixth hole for the second day in a row, said.