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Stenson, Fowler seize opportunity at TPC Boston

Henrik Stenson current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) *** Local Caption *** Henrik Stenson

Henrik Stenson current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR) 

Third Round — PGA Tour — FedEx Cup Playoffs — PGA TOURDeutsche Bank Championship — TPC Boston — Norton, Mass. —

With 36-hole leader Charley Hoffman fading throughout the third round, Top 10 players Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler smelled blood in the water at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Stenson and Fowler quickly moved into the lead early Sunday in round three at TPC Boston. While Hoffman (tweaking his back) shot 76, Stenson found 17 of 18 Greens In Regulation and shot a bogey-free 65 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

Stenson, who last won on the PGA Tour in 2013 at theTOUR Championship, is 13-under overall and a shot clear of Fowler. Sean O’Hair and Matt Jones are 11-under and just two back, while Russell Knox, Hideki Matsuyama, Danny Lee and Jerry Kelly are all within striking distance.

Stenson, 8th in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), sits fourth in the FedEx Cup standings after posting a runner-up finish last week at The Barclays. He opened as a 14-to-1 betting selection at www.ladbrokes.com heading into Boston, although he won this tournament in 2013.

For Fowler, he is looking for his third worldwide victory in 2015. He captured

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot (Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Rickie Fowler current official PGA TOUR headshot
(Photo by: Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

THE PLAYERS Championship in May and then the Scottish Open on the European Tour in July.

Look for Stenson and Fowler to be challenged from a chaser, but the seasoned winners should outlast the field. Stenson, 1st in Total Driving and 1st in Ball Striking on the PGA Tour, will be difficult to beat. Look for the hottest putter on the greens — between Fowler and Stenson — early on to find the winner’s circle.

Other Golf News:

  • Lee Slattery (15-under) finished off his second career European Tour title winning the M2M Russian Open Sunday. The 37-year-old was listed as a 40-1 betting pick.
  • Jordan Spieth, despite missing the cut, should regain the World No. 1 spot next week. The OWGR system is showing its quirky nature. Last week, Spieth missed the cut and lost his No. 1 spot to an idle Rory McIlroy. Spieth becomes the first person to miss the cut and then move into the World No. 1 ranking.
  • Fowler, 9th in the world rankings, has a streak of 25 straight holes without a FECupPlayoffs_Prf_6c_Pos [Converted]bogey heading into Monday’s final round.
  • O’Hair, a runner-up earlier this year to Spieth in Tampa, opens just two shots back of Stenson as a 200-1 super long shot bet.
  • Captain’s picks for the Presidents Cup will be announced Tuesday next week. The next edition is scheduled for October 5-11 in South Korea.