PGA Tour Leader Walks Shoeless At 3M Open Due To Blister

Scott Piercy was forced to play his third round of the 3M Open without shoes, but that didn't stop him from carving out a four shot lead!

Piercy lines up a putt whilst holding his golf shoes
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Despite a blister on the heel of his foot giving him discomfort, Scott Piercy managed to shoot a five-under-par round and take a four shot lead into the final day at the 3M Open.

After a weather delay of some seven hours, players finally returned to the course at TPC Twin Cities. However, there was one noticeable factor surrounding the American, with Piercy walking with his right shoe in his hand between shots. Quite simply, the 43-year-old would put his shoe on to hit a shot and then remove it. He also kept it on when putting.

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"Yesterday I wore a new pair of shoes and kind of rubbed my heel, kind of a nickel-sized blister on the back of my heel," explained Piercy, who is looking for a fifth PGA Tour title and first since 2018. "I tried to do some stuff last night to doctor it up to get ready and just every move the shoe made was painful, so I just took it off. Didn't hurt to walk without it, so I just put it on when I hit and seemed to do okay.

"I had a whole array of stuff on my heel and I guess it just moved in a way where it situated where it didn't really hurt, but it was untied because I kept trying to -- if my heel doesn't touch the back of the shoe, then it doesn't hurt. So I kept trying every time I walked to pull my foot out of the shoe. You know, it was every step was a grind, to be quite honest.

"When you walk that weird, you kind of -- your body kind of adjusts, so putting the shoe back up on and trying to get set up over it correctly, 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. But, you know, hopefully get a good night's rest tonight and ready to go tomorrow."

Horschel and Piercy hold the trophy

Piercy's last PGA Tour win came alongside Billy Horschel at the 2018 Zurich Classic. His last individual win was back in 2015

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Despite the pain, the American carded seven birdies and two bogies for a round of 66. The 3M Open is also a huge week for the American, as he sits outside the top-125 of the FedEx Cup rankings and is in jeopardy of losing his PGA Tour card. If he were to win on Sunday, he would climb 92 spots to 46th place.

Before that though, Piercy must overcome 18 more holes of golf. However, he and his caddie were in good spirits despite the blister: "Me and my caddie were laughing about it. I was like, can you hand me my shoe to clean it instead of my club!"

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x