Scottish Open: Henrik Stenson surged into a two-shot lead after three rounds
Last Updated: 14/07/13 3:31pm
Henrik Stenson: Fired a six-under-par 66
Henrik Stenson fired a six-under-par 66 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.
The resurgent Swede dropped his only shot of the day at the ninth before coming home in 32, culminating in a birdie at the 18th, to reach 16-under-par for the event.
Stenson was backing up Friday's sizzling 64 and has now made just one bogey in his last 47 holes.
Third round leaderboard
GB & Ire unless stated:
-16 H Stenson (Swe)
-14 P Mickelson (US)
-14 B Grace (SA)
-14 J Parry
-14 JB Hansen (Den)
-13 G Maybin
-13 R Jacquelin (Fra)
-13 P Uihlein (US)
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Phil Mickelson, John Parry and Branden Grace all matched Stenson's 66 to leave themselves two back and they were joined by Denmark's JB Hansen, who handed in a 69.
Mickelson, who is yet to win in Europe, began the day four back and finally got going after seven successive pars in a blemish-free round.
"The last 11 holes were a lot of fun," said the 43-year-old American. "The first seven holes I got off to a bit of a slow start and I was really behind when I needed to make up ground.
"On the eighth I tried to slow it down and be patient, got one putt to drop and that seemed to ignite the rest of the round. I think I will be a couple back but I've got myself in a good position for tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it.
"Any victory over here would be terrific but we are getting ahead of ourselves.
"There's a packed leaderboard so it will take one good round of a shootout between 15 and 20 guys that are right there. Being in position and shooting that good round today feels terrific but I've got to go out tomorrow and duplicate it."
Three players - American Peter Uihlein, Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland and Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin - are a shot further back after three rounds.
Unheralded Scotsman Chris Doak backed out of contention after leading by one at halfway and after a 73 finds himself five shots off the pace, while Ross Fisher, who began the day one behind Doak, also went the wrong way with a 73 that included no fewer than six bogeys.