Henrik Stenson birdied four of his last six holes to lead by one

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Henrik Stenson
Third-Round Leaderboard
Henrik Stenson             62-66-66—194 (-16)
Kevin Na                       67-63-65—195 (-15)
Ollie Schniederjans        66-63-66—195 (-15)
Webb Simpson             63-64-68—195 (-15)
Johnson Wagner           67-64-65—196 (-14)
Henrik Stenson
Returning to the Wyndham Championship for the first time since 2012, Henrik Stenson birdied four of his last six holes in the third round to post his second consecutive 4-under 66. With rounds of 62-66-66, Stenson will enter the final round with a one-shot lead over three players.
Stenson’s 194 total through 54 holes is the second-best 54-hole total in tournament history. The record remains with fellow Swede Carl Pettersson, who posted 191 through three rounds in 2008.
His 194 marks his career-low 54-hole total, besting 196 at the 2013 Dell Technologies Championship.
This marks Stenson’s fifth third-round lead on the PGA TOUR. In his previous 54-hole leads (all solo), he has either won or finished runner-up.
54-hole Lead                                        Result
2013 TOUR Championship                    Won
2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational              Runner-up
2015 Dell Technologies Championship   Runner-up
2016 Open Championship                     Won
2017 Wyndham Championship               TBD
Stenson is the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking. With a win tomorrow, he would become the highest-ranked player to win the Wyndham Championship since Hal Sutton won in 2000 when he was ranked fourth in the world.
The 2013 FedExCup champion entered the week No. 75 in the FedExCup, his worst position entering the FedExCup Playoffs since 2012 when his season ended at No. 111 after a T54 in the first Playoffs event, THE NORTHERN TRUST. With a victory, he would move inside the top 30 in the FedExCup standings, putting him in good shape to return to Atlanta.
In three previous starts in Greensboro, Stenson missed the cut (2010 and 2011) and withdrew in 2012.
This is Stenson’s 13th start on the PGA TOUR this season. He has five missed cuts and six top-25s, including a T2 at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and a T7 at the Valspar Championship.
The Wyndham Championship has been won by an international player 18 times (including every other year since 2008), most recently Si Woo Kim in 2016.
Stenson will be 41 years, 4 months, 15 days tomorrow and could become the fifth player in his 40s to win on the PGA TOUR this season (Rod Pampling, Pat Perez, D.A. Points and Jason Dufner).
Stenson is in search of his sixth PGA TOUR victory in his 170th start. His last win came at the 2016 Open Championship. Prior to that, he won two FedExCup Playoffs events, the 2013 Dell Technologies Championship and 2013 TOUR Championship en route to winning the 2013 FedExCup.
Stenson leads the field with 21 birdies through 54 holes.
Third-Round Leader Notes
Since making a return to Sedgefield Country Club in 2008, the third-round leader/co-leader has held on for the win six times: Carl Pettersson (2008), Arjun Atwal (2010), Webb Simpson (2011), Sergio Garcia (2012), Patrick Reed (2013) and Si Woo Kim (2016). Since 1976, 27 third-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win.
Fifteen of the last 17 PGA TOUR events have been come-from-behind victories. Only Jordan Spieth has converted a 54-hole lead in that time span (Travelers Championship and Open Championship).
Webb Simpson
2011 Wyndham Championship winner Webb Simpson played his first 16 holes without a bogey, and posted a 2-under 68 to sit one back entering the final round. When he won in 2011, he carried a two-shot lead into the final round then won by three. Simpson is looking to become the 10th multiple winner of the event.
Simpson is in search of his fifth career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Simpson enters the week No. 37 in the FedExCup standings as he heads to the FedExCup Playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. He has eight top-25s this season, including three top-10s.
With a T2 or better this week, he is likely to move into the top 30 in the FedExCup standings and in position to return to the TOUR Championship for the first time since 2015. He only advanced through the first two Playoffs events in 2016.
Simpson, who was born in Raleigh and lives in Charlotte, N.C., named his third child, born in 2014, Wyndham. He is one of three Wake Forest alums to win the Wyndham Championship (Lanny Wadkins/1983, Scott Hoch/2001).
Simpson is one of four players from North Carolina to capture the Wyndham Championship, including three-time winner Davis Love III. Other players from North Carolina to win: Raymond Floyd (1979) and Scott Hoch (2001).
Ollie Schniederjans
PGA TOUR rookie Ollie Schniederjans posted six birdies en route to a 4-under 66 and will begin the final round one stroke off the pace.
Schniederjans is part of the famed Class of 2011 which includes PGA TOUR winners Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Emiliano Grillo. The high school class of 2011 has accounted for eight wins in 41 events on the PGA TOUR this season: Justin Thomas (4), Jordan Spieth (3) and Daniel Berger (1).
The race for the PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year is heating up as five rookies have already won this season (Cody Gribble, Mackenzie Hughes, Wesley Bryan, Xander Schauffele and Grayson Murray). Schniederjans is one of 12 rookies currently inside the top 125 in the FedExCup, the most ever in a season (previous record was 11).
Schniederjans will be 24 years, 2 months, 5 days tomorrow. There have been a record 16 wins by players under the age of 25 this season, the most since 1970. Also, 26 of 41 PGA TOUR events this season have been won by players in their 20s.
In 24 starts this season, Schniederjans has four top-10s, but none since a T3 at the RBC Heritage in April.
Schniederjans is a Georgia Tech product. There have been seven winners of ACC schools at the Wyndham Championship, but never from Georgia Tech. ACC Schools with Wyndham Championship winners: Wake Forest (3), North Carolina (2), Duke (1) and N.C. State (1).
In his only other start in the Wyndham Championship, Schniederjans missed the cut in 2015.
Kevin Na
Kevin Na followed a 7-under 63 with a 5-under 65 to reach 15-under, one off the lead in his seventh start in the Wyndham Championship. Na finished T10 a year ago at Sedgefield with rounds of 63-67-67-70.
Na’s driving accuracy has improved each day: R1 (9 of 14 fairways), R2 (12 of 14 fairways) R3 (13 of 14 fairways).
With the exception of an injury-laden 2012-13 season in which he made just eight starts, Na has never failed to finish inside the top 100 in the FedExCup standings since its inception in 2007. Currently No. 93 in the standings, he is seeking his fourth consecutive trip to the 30-player TOUR Championship.
Na is in search of his second PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2011 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He is making his 348th start on the PGA TOUR.
Davis Love III
Three-time Wyndham Championship winner Davis Love III will begin the final round three shots back. Love came from behind to win two of his three Wyndham Championship victories (1992 and 2015). He shared the 54-hole lead en route to victory in 2006.
Love was unable to defend his 2015 title in 2016 after undergoing hip surgery. His last seven rounds at Sedgefield have all be in the 60s: 64-66-69-64-64-66-67.
Love is in search of his 22nd career win on the PGA TOUR in his 746th official TOUR start at the age of 53 months, four months and seven days. He could become the oldest winner on the PGA TOUR, surpassing Sam Snead.
Oldest PGA TOUR winners:
Sam Snead       52 years, 10 months, 8 days      1965 Wyndham Championship
Art Wall             51 years, 7 months, 10 days      1975 Greater Milwaukee Open
Davis Love III    51 years, 4 months, 10 days      2015 Wyndham Championship
Most years from first victory to last on the PGA TOUR:
            28 years, 11 months, 20 days – Raymond Floyd (March 17, 1963-March 8, 1992)
            28 years, 6 months, 28 days – Sam Snead (April 7, 1936-April 4, 1965)
            28 years, 4 months, 4 days – Davis Love III (April 19, 1987-August 23, 2015)
            23 years, 11 months, 24 days – Tom Watson (June 30, 1974-May 24, 1998)
Love (1992, 2006, 2015) owns three wins at the Wyndham Championship, trailing only Sam Snead’s record eight wins at the event.
Love is making his 22nd start in the Wyndham Championship and is the only player in the field with 20 or more starts in Greensboro.
Love will be inducted into World Golf Hall of Fame next month during the Presidents Cup.
A lifetime member of the PGA TOUR, Love comes into the week No. 209 in the FedExCup. He needs a solo-second or victory this week to make the FedExCup Playoffs.
With his win at the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Love moved from 186th to 76th in the FedExCup standings (110 spots) marking the largest move up the standings in tournament history. He is the only player to move more than 100 spots in the standings at the Wyndham Championship.
Love’s son Dru made the 36-hole cut this week, but missed the 54-hole cut, low-70 and ties. The last time a father won a PGA TOUR title with his son in the field was Craig Stadler at the 2003 B.C. Open (son Kevin missed the 36-hole cut).
Love has 12 previous starts this season, making the cut in half. He missed the cut at last week’s PGA Championship.
Johnson Wagner
A day after Johnson Wagner recorded an albatross and an eagle in round two, Wagner started his round with an eagle on the par-4 first hole after holing out with a lob wedge from 95 yards. Wagner became the eighth player since 1983 to record a par-4 eagle and albatross in the same event. He’s the first to do so since Tag Ridings in the 2005 CareerBuilder Challenge.
Wagner entered the week No. 141 in the FedExCup standings and is projected to move to No. 115.
Additional Player Notes
Gastonia, N.C.’s and East Carolina alum Harold Varner III played the back nine 4-under for a 66 to get to 13-under and three shots back. Varner is currently projected No. 114 in the FedExCup standings after entering the week outside the top 125.
After rounds of 63-68, Sam Saunders made six bogeys and four birdies for a 2-over 72. He is currently projected outside the top 125 (No. 126) as he looks to make the FedExCup Playoffs for the first time in his career.
Entering the week at No. 125 in the FedExCup standings, Geoff Ogilvy posted a second consecutive 66. Six of the last seven players ranked 125th in the standings entering the Wyndham Championship remained inside the cut line entering the FedExCup Playoffs. Last season, Whee Kim failed to make the cut and missed the Playoffs by 10 points.
FedExCup Notes
As the final event in the PGA TOUR Season, the Wyndham Championship offers the final opportunity for players to improve their FedExCup positions heading into the Playoffs, or in some instances, move into the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and qualify for the first Playoffs event, THE NORTHERN TRUST.
Current 125 Bubble
Entering Wyndham Championship
Player
FEC
Rank
Wyndham Position
Projected FEC
David Hearn
121st
T70
125th
Richy Werenski
122nd
T6
101st
Seamus Power
123rd
MDF
Daniel Summerhays
124th
MC
Geoff Ogilvy
125th
T23
123rd
Cameron Tringale
126th
MC
Sam Saunders
127th
T33
126th
Ryan Palmer
128th
MC
Billy Hurley III
129th
MC
J.T. Poston
130th
T33
128th
Miscellaneous Notes
Bogey-free rounds:
R1: Matt Every (61), Henrik Stenson (62), Sam Saunders (63), Cameron Smith (63), Vaughn Taylor (63), Davis Love III (64), Lucas Glover (65), Michael Kim (66), Jonathan Randolph (66), Tag Ridings (66), Robert Streb (66).
R2: Ryan Armour (61), Soren Kjeldsen (63), Retief Goosen (65), Cameron Percy (65), Julian Etulain (66), J.J. Spaun (66), Mark Hubbard (67).
R3: Keegan Bradley (67), Chad Campbell (68), Bud Cauley (68), Patton Kizzire (64), Jason Kokrak (63), Richy Werenski (64).
Scoring Averages at the par-70 Sedgefield Country Club:
                        Front 9              Back 9              Total                 Cumulative
R1                    33.686              34.872              68.558              —
R2:                   34.265              34.669              68.934              68.746
R3:                   34.306              34.941              69.247              68.852

 

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