Henrik Stenson holds the top spot going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
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Henrik will have a one shot lead going into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, after his bogey free third round -6 under par 65 gave him a tournament total of -13 under par. Henrik won this same tournament in 2013, and went on to win the FedExCup.
An Eagle at the short par four, the 291 yard 4th hole, Henrik joked about it;
“It’s the world’s longest par-3.”
“But I like short par fours, I think every good golf course more or less has a short par 4.”
“It’s a good time to start playing well, and of course it’s a big event and lots to play for.”
“I’m happy with the progress I made and it gave me a little bit of a confidence boost last week, that I had a nice tournament in the bank and, yeah, I hope I can have another one here tomorrow.”
“If I’m in position I can make it happen once more.”
“Exciting weeks ahead and again we’ve got one more day here and I’d like to focus on tomorrow, rather than looking at what’s ahead.”
“But, yeah, I’m in good shape and I’m trying to put myself in position to win golf tournaments and I’m certainly up there now. I will most likely have a chance to make that happen tomorrow.”
Rickie Fowler is in second place, carding -4 under par 67 today, that three 67’s in a row, to make his -12 under par total. Rickie has been inspired to get into top gear by the likes of Jordan, Rory and Jason, and is looking forward to being in the last group tomorrow with Henrik;
“We’re going to enjoy being in the final group together.”
“He’s a big, powerful player.”
“It’s definitely been motivation to go out and get to the same level or be on the same level as those guys.”
“When they’re out there playing their best, you want to go beat them when they’re playing their best.”
“Those three have kind of distanced themselves a bit.”
“They’re playing some great golf. But those are the guys that I want to go head-to-head against and come out on top, if I end up playing better than they do.”
Sean O’Hair and Matt Jones share third place at -11 under par. Sean with a -4 under par 67, and Matt -3 under 68.
Jason Day labored on Labor Day, and so did Rory McIlroy.
Jason carded a third round +2 over par 73, to drop out of contention, and said there is no excuse for poor play, inconsistent putting seemed to be the major problem;
“There’s no excuse for poor playing, I just wish I had a little bit more energy.”
“Actually I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I didn’t have the stuff on the greens that I wanted to have.”
Rory could only manage an even par round, and remains at +2 over par for the tournament. In a strange turnaround of events, Rory is about to lose the #1 tag, to Jordan Spieth, although Rory made the cut here and Jordan did not. Last week Rory did not even play, but was promoted to #1, now its the other way around, beats me.