Stenson, 2 back, eyes consecutive major wins


SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – Henrik Stenson has an opportunity Sunday to become the second player in the past three years to win the final two majors of the season.

Stenson shot his third consecutive 67 Sunday morning to move just two shots back at the PGA Championship heading into the final round.

Rory McIlroy also won The Open and PGA in the same year in 2014. Before that, Padraig Harrington (2008), Tiger Woods (2000, ’06), Nick Price (1994) and Walter Hagen (1924) were the only players to accomplish the feat.

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Coming off a record-breaking performance at Royal Troon, Stenson has been just as sharp two weeks later at Baltusrol, where he leads the field in strokes gained-tee to green, hitting all but nine greens.

Stenson said his third-round 67 was his most pleasing score of the week, because it was his worst ball-striking round, with his fewest fairways (nine) and greens (14) hit. He said that he was “out of sync” with his swing and timing.

“Some days you’re springing out of bed, and other days you’re kind of rolling sideways to hit the floor,” he said. “I just wasn’t on this morning, and it kind of followed onto the golf course. Luckily I made a few good swings here and there, and they led to a couple of birdies.”