Henrik Stenson is looking forward to the back nine on Sunday
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship


Henrik Stenson birdied the final two holes in the third round to shoot a four-under 67. Stenson is at nine-under total, four strokes behind Rory McIlroy.

Stenson is looking for his first career major at Valhalla. “It’s three and a half days hard work to try to be there for the back nine when it all matters.”

He added that a fast start would be helpful tomorrow as well. “Hopefully I can get off to another good start tomorrow. I was very quick out of the blocks today. I hit some great shots early on. Made a couple of birdies. I birdied 1 and 4, and with a bit of luck it could have been another 2. I had some great chances in the first four holes.”

Henrik bogeyed the 5th hole after the good start, but added a birdie on 7 to make the turn at two-under. He birdied the 10th, but bogeyed the 15th after four straight pars to fall back to two-under. The birdies on 17 and 18 gave Stenson a solid 67, and a chance on Sunday.

–Bernie D’Amato