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US PGA: Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt seek to make history at Oak Hill

Last Updated: 12/08/13 12:36am

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Henrik Stenson: Hoping to go one better after finishing runner-up in The Open

Henrik Stenson: Hoping to go one better after finishing runner-up in The Open

Henrik Stenson and Jonas Blixt will both aim to become the first Swedish male winner of a major at Oak Hill on Sunday.

The duo will be paired in the penultimate group after both enjoyed strong rounds in tough conditions on day three of the US PGA Championship.

Open runner-up Stenson continued his hot form with a one-under 69 to finish the day two shots behind leader Jim Furyk while Blixt is just a stroke further back after a stunning 66.

Asked what it would mean to make history, Stenson said: "It would be lovely but we're still a long way away from that.

"It would be lovely but we're still a long way away from that."
Henrik Stenson

"There's no point thinking about tomorrow and thinking ahead. It's all about going out and doing the same things. It's going to be a big challenge again tomorrow to keep the mind in the right place, and if I can do that, I hope I can have a chance on the back nine. But it's a pretty packed leaderboard."

Of his one-under 69, Stenson said: "I thought I managed my way around nicely. I could have made one or two more birdies after some great shots early on the front nine, but also made some great par saves and kept it together nicely. So, yeah, I'm pleased with that and in great position going into tomorrow."

Blixt, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour after winning last October's Frys.com Open as well as last month's Greenbrier Classic, closed with a birdie on 18 despite his tee shot flying straight into a spectator's trouser pocket.

From there Blixt received a free drop - "I'm just glad it wasn't plugged," he joked - and hit a five-iron approach to three feet.

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