Friday, 19 March 2010
The 138th Open Championship - Round Three  (Getty Images)
The 138th Open Championship - Round Three (Getty Images)

Ryder Cup star Henrik Stenson knows he will have to mount a final-round charge if he is to better last year’s Open Championship finish - his best at a Major.

The 33 year old Swede was six shots off the lead going into Sunday at Royal Birkdale 12 months ago.

Although he could not catch defending champion Padraig Harrington, a solid 18 holes lifted him to joint third with Greg Norman.

Having double bogeyed his final hole at Turnberry Stenson signed for a 71 which left him two over and inside the top 20.

After previous rounds of 71 and 70 he has to go low in the final round to put pressure on the leaders.

“We’ll see tomorrow if those two shots would have come in handy but it is never good to finish that way,” said the winner of the Players Championship at Sawgrass in May.

“It happens sometimes and I can only regroup. I had a good day out there despite the six at the last and I’ll carry on for one more day. But it would have felt much nicer to be two shots closer to the lead tonight

“It is tough to shoot a really low number, you just have to drain a few 20 footers. Quite a few of the holes that - 20 feet from the flag - is where you are aiming to hit it.

“I haven’t made that many so when tomorrow comes I need to get a couple of those in and get some momentum. If I can post a good number you never know if the other guys are going to run into trouble.”

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