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Jul 31st, 2022

Stenson on course for maiden LIV Golf title

Swede leads by three shots heading into the final round

The move to LIV Golf may pay early dividends to Henrik Stenson as he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the LIV Golf Invitational at Bedminster. The Swede is not only looking good for the individual winner's cheque of $4 million but Team Majesticks GC, of which Stenson is a member, look sure to pick up at least the team second prize of $1.5 million.
The future's so bright you have to wear shades!

Stenson, who gave up the Ryder Cup captaincy to join the LIV Golf ranks, shrugged off an early double-bogey at the 3rd to shoot a two-under-par 71 to lead on nine-under.
After the six at at the par four 3rd, which saw Stenson taking a penalty and opting to return to the tee, the Swede bounced back with an eagle at the par five 8th. Four birdies and two bogeys gave him a back nine of two-under.

"Today I definitely didn't have my best, but I was hanging in there, said Stenson.
"It's a tough golf course, and the greens are extremely quick and quite undulated. With the wind it's even harder to put the ball in the perfect spots, and yeah, it was a bit of a grind at times."
DJ taking it in his stride

Dustin Johnson matched Stenson's 71 to sit three shots back with fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Taylor Gooch and Mexico's Carlos Ortiz a further shot back in a share of third.
With the winds getting up, the Bedminster course played almost two shorts harder than on day one. However, Gooch made light of the conditions with a bogey-free seven-under 64, which launched him up the leaderboard four back from Stenson.
Patrick Reed shares third spot

Gooch's round also helped Aces GC take a healthy lead in the team event. Aces GC sit on twenty-under, a healthy six shots clear of  Majesticks GC, who in turn have a seven shot cushion over Fireballs GC.

TAGS: LIV Golf, Bedminster, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, 2022