Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Stenson takes 1-stroke lead after 3rd round at Wyndham

Stenson takes 1-stroke lead after 3rd round at Wyndham

Sweden's Henrik Stenson added a 66 to his first-round 62 and trails by one shot.

Johnson Wagner shot a five-under 65 and was tied for fifth, two strokes adrift of Stenson.

But followers of our golf tipster Ben Coley, who continued his great form in 2017 last weekend when his 50/1 selection Justin Thomas won the US PGA Championship, will be hopeful of celebrating another big priced victor should Ollie Schniederjans emerge triumphant.

He had back-to-back birdies on the second and third hole and No. 5 and No. 6.

North Carolina native Simpson, meanwhile, is in contention for his first tour win since 2014 after a round of 64, which included four birdies in the first six holes of the back nine.

Padraig Harrington, a three-time major victor, endured a torrid third round of six-over 76 which sent him tumbling down the leaderboard to level par for the tournament through 54 holes.

Stenson, who started on the back nine, offset his lone bogey of the round - he missed a 15-foot par putt on the par-4 18th - with three birdies during the four-hole span between Nos. 4-7.

Ollie Schniederjans and Vaughn Taylor are a shot further behind, but overnight leader Matt Every endured a miserable day after following up his opening round 61 with a 72. "I hit a lot of good shots".

Simpson, the 2011 champion, led late in the round until a bogey at the 17th.

"Keep making birdies, stay aggressive and know that there's plenty of good golfers behind me", Simpson said.

"Got to keep producing chances", said Stenson, who is ranked ninth in the world.

He parred the fourth and yet again found birdie on five to put himself three under par early in his round.

Every arrived at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in a tie for 183rd on the FedEx Cup points list. He sank a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 13 and two holes later, he settled for birdie after missing a 35-foot eagle putt on No. 15.

Na birdied three of his last five holes Saturday to sneak into the final pairing with Stenson.

Davis Love III is part of a group of players at 13-under following a third round of three-under 67 while Europeans Soren Kjeldsen and Shane Lowry both finished Saturday at 12-under following rounds of 66 and 67. Usually a good putter, Na could be unsafe Sunday if he has rediscovered his confidence on the greens.

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