Im and Piercy share the lead, Paul Barjon in the provisional cut

36 players played under par Thursday in Blaine, Minnesota for one of the last tournaments before the start of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Paul Barjon is not one of them but his card of 72 allows him to consider being present this weekend and to hope to score crucial points in order to save his right to play for next year.

Two men in the lead and two different profiles.

On one side, the 24-year-old South Korean Sungjae Im19th in the FedExCup and 24th player in the world. On the other hand, the American Scott Piercy43, 138th overall and launched in the last chance sprint to join the top 125 and retain all of his playing rights.

Indeed, after this Blaine tournament, there will only be two events left to end the season on the nails and not be cut off from playing opportunities next year.

The 65 from Piercy during the 1st Tour of the 3M Open thus takes on a very different importance from that of the winner of the Shriners Open. The two men are two steps ahead of a quintet in which is Tony Finau.

Piercy, who has missed 4 of the last 6 cuts, has his back against the wall, as does Paul Barjon which only has a top 10 won at the start of the season at The Quinta. There followed a series of 8 missed cuts in 9 tournaments until the beginning of May!

Barjon ends well

The French will therefore have to work to move up the 46 places that separate him from the top 125 qualifiers in the next 3 tournaments. After Minnesota this week, the players have an appointment in Detroit for the Rocket Mortgage Classic then to North Carolina for the Wyndham Championship.

Author of a sluggish start to the 1st round with 3 bogeys in 10 holes, Paul Barjon recovered well by signing 3 birdies and a bogey on his last 5 holes. He occupied 51st place on Thursday evening, 7 shots from the lead but 4 shots from the top 10.

Third retirement of the season for Mastuyama

Among players on waivers, watch the performance of Rickie Fowler129th in FedEx, and the former world number 1, Jason Day, 122nd overall. The two men returned a card of 70 and are in 23rd place.

Also note the abandonment ofHideki Matsuyama who put 3 balls in the water on the 18th, his 9th hole of the day, and returned a card of 77. The winner of the Masters 2021 subsequently withdrew from the tournament citing a wrist injury.

It is the 3rd package this season for the Japanese after that of Players due to back pain and that of the Valero Texas Open for neck stiffness.

Finally, the former tennis player Mardy Fishwho is playing his first tournament of the PGA Tour thanks to a sponsor invitation, turned in an 81 card on Thursday and sits last in the standings.

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