Stenson Takes Lead Into Round 4 At Troon!
Henrik Stenson who is looking to win his first Major takes a one-shot lead into the final round of The 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon after shooting a round of 68 that included 5 birdies to be at -12, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson.
It was a fascinating day 3 as Stenson and Mickelson fought to top the leader board throughout round 3.
Stenson got a good start as he put his approach to the first to 15 feet and rolled in a birdie to join Mickelson at ten under.
Mickelson, who shot 70, in a round that included 3 birdies, had started round 3 one shot ahead and while Stenson surged ahead, Mickelson remained calm and found himself 2 shots ahead on the 14th tee.
Stenson, who has ten European Tour wins to his name came back 2 birdies in his last 5 holes to put him 1 ahead of Mickelson at close of play. Stenson was also runner- up Mickelson at The Open at Muirfield in 2013 and said of this year’s Open “This is the one thing I’m looking for. I know he is not going to back down tomorrow and I am certainly not going to back down either.” This is the first time Stenson has led into the final round of a Major and his is the only player in the field to have shot 3 rounds in the sixties this week.
American Bill Haas sat six shots behind the leader at -6 with England’s Andrew Johnston a further shot back at -5.
Steve Stricker, Tony Finau and Soren Kjeldsen were all a shot further back at -3 and a further 10 players under par.
Rory McIlroy shot 73 and is at +2, while Martin Kaymer shot 74 today and is at +3.
So who will win the Claret Jug on Sunday, will it be Stenson, Mickelson or one of the other quality players who are close by, you will just have to wait and see!