Henrik Stenson seeks first-ever win in Sweden at Nordea Masters
MALMO, Sweden (AP) - Second-ranked Henrik Stenson shot an 8-under 64 to share the third-round lead with England's Eddie Pepperell at the Nordea Masters on Saturday.
Stenson had seven birdies along with an eagle on the seventh hole and a lone bogey, leaving the Swede at 13-under 203 on PGA Sweden National's Lakes Course.
“I knew it was going to be inside 10 feet when I hit it and it landed about five feet away, had a little release and hop and went in,” Stenson said of his eagle.
Pepperell shot a 65 that included eight birdies and one bogey.
Ranked No. 2 in the world behind Adam Scott, Stenson is winless this year after sweeping the European Tour's Race to Dubai and PGA Tour's FedEx Cup last season. If he wins the Nordea Masters, it will be his first-ever win in Sweden as a professional.
“The crowds have been great," Stenson said. "I haven’t played in front of home crowds for a while and with the success I’ve had I really feel the support. I’m going to enjoy tomorrow and try to be up there tomorrow with nine to go and try to win this tournament for them.
“It would be great to do it. I’ve not won in Sweden before and obviously I would like to do that in my career. It seems like I’m going to have a chance tomorrow, but there is a long way to go and a lot of good players up there. I’m sure I need to stick to my play and be there when it really matters tomorrow.”
Scotsman Stephen Gallagher (65) and Alvaro Quiros of Spain (66) were one stroke behind heading into the last day, while fifth-place France's Victor Dubuisson shot a 67 for an 11-under total.