Stenson claims share of Malmo lead

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Henrik Stenson carded an eight-under-par 64 to claim a share of the lead of the Nordea Masters after Saturday’s third round.

The world number two shot the best round of the day and will go into Sunday’s final round at 13-under alongside England’s world number 346 Eddie Pepperell, who shot a 65.

The Swede carded an eagle at the seventh and racked up seven birdies during his round, although a lone bogey prevented him from claiming the outright lead.

The 23-year-old Pepperell also had an opportunity to claim the lead ahead of the final round, but a bogey on 17 dropped the Englishman back.

Pepperell’s only other victory as a professional took place on the Challenge Tour.
On 12-under are Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Spain’s Alvaro Quiros, who carded rounds of 65 and 66 respectively.

In fifth place at 11-under after a round of 67 is France’s Victor Dubuisson, while Welshman Bradley Dredge is another shot further behind on 10-under after he too carded a 67.

“It was a lovely eight-iron. I felt as soon as I struck it that it was going to be inside 10 feet more or less and it landed five feet short, took a little hop, a little release and in she went,” Stenson said of his eagle after the round.

“I guess it all started with a six-iron to about four feet on the previous hole so two great shots and it was a bonus to hole one.

“I played really nicely. There was much less wind than yesterday but still enough to keep it honest. It’s a tight leaderboard and I’m sure the lead will change hands more than once tomorrow.”

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