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GOLF: Stenson holds off surging Mickelson

on July 14, 2013 2:20 AM

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Henrik Stenson held off a resurgent Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open by shooting a 6-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 on Saturday. His performance has the American talking up his improving links game before next week’s British Open.

Branden Grace and first-round leader John Parry were tied with Mickelson after each shooting 66, along with J.B. Hansen (69).

Stenson has emerged from a prolonged slump and is showing the kind of consistent form that took the Swede to No. 4 in the world four years ago.

“I wouldn't say I'm far off that,” said Stenson, who was as low as No. 230 in the rankings 18 months ago. “The way I played today, that was top-10 standard. It's as good as I have hit the ball all season.”

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