After coming within a few hours of reaching the top spot in the world rankings, Henrik Stenson shows no signs of lingering disappointment this week at the Nordea Masters.
Playing in his native Sweden, Stenson fired an 8-under 64 to grab a share of the tournament lead heading into the final round in Malmo. At 13-under 203, he shares the lead with England's Eddie Pepperell, one shot ahead of Stephen Gallacher and Alvaro Quiros.
Stenson opened with a birdie Saturday and then capitalized on Nos. 6-8, which he played in 4 under. He closed his round with birdies on each of the final two holes to set the clubhouse mark before Pepperell caught him with a birdie on the home hole. Stenson is looking to win his "home" event for the first time, while Pepperell is in search of his first career win on the European Tour.
After a tie for seventh last week at the BMW PGA Championship, Stenson had a chance to move to No. 1 in the world depending on Adam Scott's final-round performance at Colonial. Scott went on to defeat Jason Dufner in a playoff in Fort Worth, thereby solidifying his hold on the top spot, although Stenson was able to move past an idle Tiger Woods to No. 2 in the latest rankings.
This week, Stenson must again keep an eye on the action in the U.S. as world No. 5 Bubba Watson could move past him with a win this week at the Memorial Tournament, where the southpaw enters the third round in second place behind Paul Casey. Should both Stenson and Watson win this week, Stenson would remain No. 2 in the OWGR.
Among the other contenders in Sweden is Victor Dubuisson, playing for the first time since a shoulder injury kept him out of both The Players Championship and the BMW PGA Championship. Dubuisson, who was a runner-up earlier this year at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, sits alone in fifth place, two shots off the lead after a third-round 67.