BLAINE, Minn. -- In Thursday's slanted evening light, after an early-afternoon storm passed and many of the day's star-spangled revelers went home for barbecues and fireworks, fewer than a dozen spectators followed 3M Open first-round leader Scott Piercy home late for the final holes of his 9-under-par 62.
Even the Golf Channel coverage had gone off the air by the time Piercy birdied six of his final nine holes for a backside 30 and a two-shot lead over Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama and Canada's Adam Hadwin.
"Yeah, no TV, no crowds," Piercy said. "I had a couple people, so I give them kudos."
Those who remained on the grounds by dinnertime gathered around the two pairings ahead of Piercy's three-man group, just as they had all afternoon.
World No. 1 ranked Brooks Koepka and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed played two pairings ahead. World No. 8 ranked Bryson DeChambeau and major winner Keegan Bradley played directly ahead of Pierce, tour veteran Rod Pampling and 2018 Valero Texas Open winner Andrew Landry.
"It's fine, whatever," said Piercy, ranked 58th in the world. "When I play, there's not much TV. It's true."
Koepka, DeChambeau, world 17th-ranked Tony Finau and 60-year-old Minnesotan Tom Lehman, among others, all are within five shots.
Lehman co-designed and re-designed the course. "There's a lot to be said for being comfortable with a golf course," he said.
Lehman played just ahead of fellow Minnesotan Tim Herron, who aced the par-3 eighth hole, his second-to-last Thursday.
"Lumpy's Lager in the beer rent, right?" said Herron, who really does have such a beer. "I like that."