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August 10 2013

7:23 PM

Stenson's sights set on first major

Stenson has finished second in each of his last two starts. (Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Two years ago, Henrik Stenson didn't even qualify for the PGA Championship and instead played in his club championship at Barseback in southern Sweden.

"I was up in contention there, as well (laughter)," Stenson said. "I didn't win. I was not in a good period with my golf. I was not playing great, and I ended up finishing second a shot back. So I guess it's not something that will stand out as a highlight on my C.V."

It was also the first of four majors Stenson would miss from the end of 2011 to the end of 2012.

"It's nice to be here," Stenson said of Oak Hill. "I think I should be at the majors, rather than my club championship. I'm a bit more pleased with my play here."

He has reason to be.

Stenson shot a 69 Saturday and enters the final round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead.

No Swede has ever won a major championship, but Stenson has been knocking on the door and knocking down flags.

The 37-year-old finished second in each of his last two starts, at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and at The Open Championship.

Earlier this year, he also finished second in Houston, and he was fifth at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Through three rounds at Oak Hill, he's been under par every day, including Saturday when he made three birdies and just two bogeys on the most difficult day of scoring yet.

"Golf is definitely a whole lot more fun than it was, you know, back in 2011," Stenson said. "It's more fun to show up at the races with a good gear box and a good set of tires.

"Everybody disappears for a little while and comes back. It's good to be back playing good golf at these big events in the middle of the summer.

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