Deutsche Bank Championship Round 3: Henrik Stenson, Rickie Fowler In Contention

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Golfer Rickie Fowler at Deutsche Bank Championship

Photo via Rickie Fowler hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the third round at the Deutsche Bank TPC of Boston.

NORTON, Mass. — Henrik Stenson is starting to hit his stride at a good time.

Coming off a runner-up finish in the opening FedEx Cup playoff event last week, Stenson erased a five-shot deficit in seven holes Sunday and played bogey-free for a 6-under 65 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. His only birdie on the back nine was a two-putt on the par-5 18th that gave him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler.

“It’s a good time to start playing well,” said Stenson, who was at 13-under 200. “It’s a big event and lots to play for. I’m happy with the progress I made, and it gave me a little bit of a confidence boost last week that I had a nice tournament. I hope I can have another one here tomorrow.”

Fowler had a 67, missing out on a chance to share the lead when his 5-iron into the 18th was too strong and he had to scramble to salvage a par. Sean O’Hair (67) and Matt Jones (68) were two shots behind.

They all took advantage of a collapse by Charley Hoffman, who blazed his way to victory at the TPC Boston five years ago. After opening with a birdie, Hoffman put his second shot into the hazard at the par-5 second hole and made bogey, and it slipped away from there.

PGA champion Jason Day would have to win the Deutsche Bank to go to No. 1 in the world, and the Australian finally hit the wall. Day made a double bogey on the reachable par-4 fourth hole and never quite recovered. He had a 73, his first round over par since closing with a 74 at the U.S. Open in June.

“There’s no excuse for poor playing,” said Day, who was nine shots out of the lead. “I just wish I had a little bit more energy.”

Thumbnail photo via Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports Images

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