Mickelson one ahead of Stenson in Troon slugfest

 17 Jul 2016 - 1:29

Mickelson one ahead of  Stenson in Troon slugfest
US golfer Phil Mickelson watches his drive from the third tee during his third round on day three of the 2016 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland yesterday.


TROON: Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson were threatening to turn the 145th British Open into a two-man slugfest after 12 holes of the third round yesterday.
It was a case of parry and thrust from the American and the Swede as Royal Troon showed its teeth for the second day running, with the winds whipping up to 25mph on the west coast of Scotland and making good scoring extremely tough.
Mickelson, 46, who has led the championship since day one, made an early birdie at the third but that was matched by his Swedish playing partner who had also picked up a shot at the first.
Stenson then nosed in front of the five-times major winner when he birdied the fourth but a bogey at the sixth for the world number six meant he dropped back to 11-under alongside Mickelson.
The 2013 Open champion then had a big stroke of fortune at Troon’s signature eighth hole. His tee shot at the Postage Stamp seemed destined for a trap before it spun back and avoided the bunker.
Stenson, 40, still chasing his first major triumph, was not so lucky, his effort did find sand and a bogey dropped him to 10-under.
Mickelson, looking slightly the steadier of the two leaders, then rolled in three nerve-tingling putts at the 10th, 11th and 12th to remain one in front at 11-under.
In third place on five-under after 16 holes was crowd favourite Andrew Johnston of England.
Inspired by the fans crying out his nickname ‘Beef, Beef’ at almost every hole, the bearded Johnston was flying the flag for Britain.
American pair Bill Haas (15 holes) and Keegan Bradley (13) were next best on four-under. 
The British Open concludes today.Reuters