Stenson Close Gap on Mickelson at Troon
Henrik Stenson is in the conversation for the best golfer in the world to have never won a Major – he’s been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world, has 14 combined wins on the PGA and European Tours, is the only man to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai titles in the same year, and has seven Top 4 finishes at the Majors, including second place at the Open in 2013 and third in 2010.
That being said, he’d really like to remove his name from that competition, by just winning a Major.
Stenson shot the best round of the day, a 6-under 65 to move within one stroke of leader Phil Mickelson. Lefty shot a 2-under to record a 69 and is 10-under through the halfway point.
Stenson was nearly perfect, especially early on as he notched four birdies in a five-hole stretch before bogeying No. 9. Mickelson looked on his way to repeating his command performance from Thursday, 3-under at the turn, but bogeyed 12 and 15 to come a bit back down to earth.
Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen was third after two rounds at -7 under with rounds of 67 and 68. His finish means the top three men after two rounds are all at least 40 years old – Mickelson (46), Stenson (40), and Kjeldsen (41).
Defending champion Zach Johnson remains in contention at 5-under after shooting a 70.