British OpenJuly 16, 2016

Third Round: Stenson leads Mickelson by a stroke

Henrik Stenson stole the third-round lead at the British Open from Phil Mickelson, leading him by a stroke at 12 under.

Henrik Stenson stole the lead from Phil Mickelson in the third round of the British Open, shooting a three-under 68 at Royal Troon At 12-under 201, Stenson leads Mickelson by a stroke thanks to a go-ahead birdie on the 17th hole.

In 10 of the Swede's 14 wins between the PGA and European Tours, he has held at least a share of the lead heading into the final round. He will attempt to win his first major sleeping on the lead at Troon.

Phil Mickelson squandered his lead on the 17th hole, bogeying the par-3. With a birdie from Stenson on the same hole, Mickelson dropped a stroke back and finished the round at one-under 70. At 11 under now, the 46-year-old first and second round leader is looking for his first win since the 2013 Open.

Englishman Andrew "Beef" Johnston shot a one-under 70, moving to five under for the tournament. He will play with Bill Haas on Sunday, who ascended to third place following a two-under 69 to move to six under.

Keegan Bradley and Soren Kjeldsen each entered the round tied for third and three strokes back of the lead, but receded on Saturday, shooting a 76 and 75, respectively.

Zach Johnson, the reigning Open champion, shot a four-over 75. He is tied for 13th at one under with U.S. Open winner Dustin Johnson.

Rory McIlroy dropped two shots on Saturday, moving to even par for the tournament. World No. 1 Jason Day, meanwhile, maintained even par to move 21 spots up the leader board at one over.

Rickie Fowler struggled to a five-over 76, moving to five over for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Jordan Spieth at six over.

[Click here for the entire leader board from Royal Troon.] (http://www.golfdigest.com/story/british-open-leader-board)


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