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Stenson ties for 3rd at the PGA Championship

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm •  Published: August 10, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Henrik Stenson ended this major championship season just like he did last year — on the verge of breaking through.

He's not there yet.

The PGA Championship was his closest call.

Stenson twice had a share of the lead Sunday at Valhalla, and he had a chance to set a target playing ahead of Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. He tied for the lead with a bold approach to the island-green on the 13th hole, spinning it back to 4 feet.

But he was the first to make a mistake, and the Swede never caught up.

He missed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 14th, and then shockingly lipped out on the 3-foot par putt.

"After that it was a little bit of saving effort, bringing it home," Stenson said. "I couldn't convert to a birdie on the last (hole) either. I was way up in the mud in the crowd and had to rely on a chip in. Didn't happen."

Stenson was runner-up at the British Open last year to Mickelson by three shots, and he was third at the PGA Championship last year. After becoming the first player to win the FedEx Cup in America and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour, he was seen as a top candidate to become the first Swedish male to win a major this year.

Stenson tied for fourth at the U.S. Open, though it wasn't really close — Martin Kaymer won by eight shots.

Still, this performance made him believe there will be more chances. Just not this year.

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