TROON, Scotland (AP) — Henrik Stenson will take a one-stroke lead to the final day of the British Open.
After a riveting duel with Phil Mickelson in the last group of the third round, Stenson finished with a 3-under 68 that leaves him with a 12-under 201 total at Royal Troon on Saturday.
Mickelson gave up the lead he held after the first two rounds. A couple of bogeys on the inward nine left him with a 70 on a cool, blustery day.
That leaves Stenson leading a major all by himself for the first time. And he’s never been out front going to the final round, giving him his best shot yet at becoming the first male golfer from Sweden to capture a major championship.
The 46-year-old Mickelson is right in the mix for his sixth major title. And he could become the second-oldest winner in Open history, surpassed only by Old Tom Morris in 1867.
It looks like a two-man race. Bill Haas is the closest challenger, six shots off the lead.
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