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INVERNESS---Henrik Stenson kept a resur-
gent Phil Mickelson at arm s length at the
Scottish Open by shooting a six-under 66
to take a two-stroke lead into the final round
Mickelson was in a group of four players in
a tie for second after making six birdies in his
last 11 holes for a 66, leaving the American
talking up his improving links game ahead of
next week s British Open.
Branden Grace and first-round leader John
Parry were in that group with Mickelson after
two more 66s, with unheralded Dane JB
Hansen (69) making up the quartet.
Stenson, on 16 under par, has emerged from
a prolonged slump and is showing the kind
of consistent form that took the Swede to No
4 in 2009.
"I wouldn t say I m far off that," said Stenson,
who was as low as No 230 in the rankings 18
"The way I played today, that was top-ten
(in the world) standard. It s as good as I have
hit the ball all season."
With the wind only arriving late in the day
and the sun again beating down, Castle Stuart
was largely defenseless for a third straight
round but no player made the kind of hot
round that could rip a bunched-up field apart.
Chris Doak led overnight on 12 under but
the pressure on him to push on and become
Scotland s first winner of its national open in
14 years seemed to weigh down on him. He
could make only a one-over 73.
As Doak tumbled down the leaderboard,
birdies were coming thick and fast elsewhere.
Gareth Maybin equalled the week s lowest
round of 64, putting him in a three-way tie
for sixth with Raphael Jacquelin (65) and Peter
Uihlein (70), who struggled at times in the
last group alongside Doak.
Accurate off the tee and creative as ever
around the greens, Mickelson chose the ideal
day to produce his full repertoire of skills.
American television was broadcasting a reg-
ular European Tour event live for the first time
this weekend, with NBC fortunate enough to
have two US players---Mickelson and Uih-
Uihlein was patchy. Mickelson was anything
Refusing to get too frustrated after parring
his way to No 8, the four-time major winner
delivered a barrage of four birdies in five holes
playing into the wind. A delicate chip to within
three feet set up another birdie at No 16 and
a 15-foot putt at the last lifted him briefly into
the lead and produced one of the biggest cheers
of the day.
"On the eighth hole, I just tried to slow
things down a little bit ... I holed one putt and
it ignited the round," said Mickelson, who was
watched by his wife and three kids.
"The last 11 holes were a lot of fun for me
Mickelson is seeking a first individual win
in Europe in 20 years, and first ever in Britain.
That would prove the ideal way to go into the
British Open, one of the two majors he is yet
"I have kept the ball in play as well as I ever
have (on links)," added Mickelson, who found
11 of 14 fairways on the undulating course in
the Scottish Highlands.
Stenson has been under par in 24 of his 31
rounds this year but hasn t managed a tour-
nament win since capturing the SA Open
Championship in Johannesburg in November.
The biggest victory of his career came at
the Players Championship at Sawgrass in 2009
and a year later he placed third at the British
Open. It has been a tale of woe since then but
he is on the way back, partly due to his
improved mental approach.
"I have put down some long-term goals for
my game," the 37-year-old Stenson said. "I
feel like I m playing golf with a little more ease
and if it s not happening today, it will happen
tomorrow or the day after.
"It s a little bit less stressful in that sense."
Matteo Manassero made the tournament s
first hole-in-one---acing No 8 from 216 yards
with a 3-iron hybrid---but the BMW PGA
Championship winner is nine shots off the
pace after his 70. (AP)
INVERNESS---The Scottish Open will keep
its slot on the European Tour schedule as
the warm-up tournament ahead of the British
Open for at least the next four years after
retaining its title sponsor.
Investment firm Aberdeen Asset Manage-
ment will stay on as the sponsor of the event
through 2017, providing a major boost to a
tour which is struggling to attract funding in
some countries in a tough economic climate.
The Scottish Open will continue to be held
a week before the Open and on links courses,
with the prize fund gradually increasing from
its current level of 3 million pounds ($4.5 mil-
lion) to 3.5 million pounds ($5.3 million) in
It will be staged at Royal Aberdeen in 2014
before returning to its current home of Castle
Stuart in Inverness in one of the following
three years, most likely 2016. (AP)
OMAHA---Kenny Perry and Fred Funk
made charges in the US Senior Open, each
pulling within two shots of leader Michael
Allen with one round to go yesterday.
Perry, going for a second straight win in
a senior major, shot six-under-par 64 to
match Corey Pavin for the low round at
Omaha Country Club. Funk shot 67 after
making a long birdie putt on No 18.
Allen, who had a 63 on Friday, ballooned
to a 2-over 72. He started the day with a
five-stroke advantage over Rocco Mediate.
It was the largest lead after 36 holes in the
tournament s 34-year history.
Allen was at eight-under 202 for the tour-
Pavin, who tied for second in last year s
tournament, was two shots behind Perry
and Funk and four behind Allen.
Mediate faded with bogeys on four of five
holes in the middle of his round and sat five
shots off the lead after a 72.
Allen said on Friday he had been playing
through neck pain. He rubbed the right side
of his neck yesterday as he walked up the
17th fairway. He saved par there, but he
bogeyed the 18th to set the stage for a dra-
matic finish today.
Allen still led by five after nine holes, but
it was down to three after he bogeyed Nos
ten and 11.
Perry, ten shots behind Allen after the sec-
ond round, had nines of 32-32 yesterday. He
started his push with an eagle on the par-
five sixth hole. He was the only golfer to
birdie the 501-yard, par-four tenth. He drove
into the rough but recovered with a pitching
wedge to 20 feet.
Perry birdied the par-three 16th and the
297-yard, par-four 17th to get to six under
for the tournament.
Funk, the 2009 winner, started his round
seven shots off the lead. He birdied Nos two,
six and seven to get to six under.
He recovered from a double-bogey on No
ten with birdies on three of the last five
On the 18th, he seemed to surprise himself
when his 35-foot birdie putt dropped. He
turned to the gallery, lifted his left leg, raised
his right fist and gave it a pump after the
putt dropped. (AP)
SILVIS---Daniel Summerhays shot a 9-
under 62 for a two-stroke lead following
third-round play at the John Deere Classic
Summerhays, whose previous best finish
on the US PGA Tour was a tie for fourth,
enters today s final round at 19-under 194
and in position for his first career win.
Summerhays notched ten birdies while
matching the lowest third-round score in
Canadian David Hearn (64) was second at
17 under. Defending champion Zach Johnson
held a share of the lead after each of the first
two rounds, but he s now alone in third after
shooting a 67.
JJ Henry and Jerry Kelly are tied for fourth
at 15 under, while Nicholas Thompson leads
three golfers at 14 under.
Summerhays had missed three straight
cuts---failing to shoot a round under 70 in
those events---before finishing ninth last week
at the Greenbrier Classic.
He s been hot all weekend at Deere Run,
though, and yesterday marked the lowest
round of his career.
Hearn finished with three birdies in four
holes to pull within two shots of Summerhays.
After matching 66s, Hearn went two strokes
lower to give himself a chance on Sunday.
Johnson had been remarkably consistent
over his last six rounds at Deere Run.
For the first time in a long time, Johnson
found himself battling just to hang close to
the leaders. He eagled No 2 with a 60-foot
putt to grab the lead outright but a bogey at
the par-four sixth was his first here in 62
holes, and he picked up another one five holes
No amateur has won on the tour since Phil
Mickleson kicked off his brilliant career with
a victory at the Northern Telecom Open 22
But for about 15 minutes, unheralded Stan-
ford amateur Patrick Rodgers was alone atop
Rodgers was seven under through 12 holes,
capped by a winding 57-foot birdie that put
him a shot clear of the field. Rodgers bogeyed
No 18 to finish at six under for the round,
but he heads into a finale at 12 under.
"Kind of got a mental hurdle off my back
making my first cut in a professional event,
so (yesterday) was pressure free. It was good.
I could just go out there and make a ton of
birdies," Rodgers said. "The pressure is off
me. I can go out and be stress free as an ama-
teur and try to have fun."
Three-time tournament winner Steve
Stricker (69) is eight shots back of Summer-
hays. He ll need a tremendous final round
and some serious help to claim his fourth
title in five years. (AP)
Summerhays grabs lead at John Deere Classic Scottish Open
down to two at
US Senior Open
Stenson holds off resurgent
Mickelson at Scottish Open
Phil Mickelson, plays from the rough on the
second hole during day three of the Scottish
Open at Castle Stuart Golf Course,
Inverness, Scotland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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