Local favourite Linn Grant will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed as she bids to become the DP World Tour’s first female winner.
The 22-year-old Swede fired a flawless 66, which included a tremendous eagle from 75 feet on the 11th and four birdies, to get to 16 under par and overtake halfway leader Jason Scrivener at the top.
Australian Scrivener had led for most of the day and found himself three shots clear at the turn, but he missed good chances to extend his advantage and a double bogey at the short 16th saw him fall from the summit.
A closing birdie handed Scrivener solo second spot on 14 under, while home hero and tournament co-host Henrik Stenson was alone in third another shot further back.
Grant only entered the paid ranks last year but is already a proven winner, having followed up her maiden Ladies European Tour victory at the Joburg Ladies Open in March with a second title at the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open two weeks ago.
Linn Grant: “A very solid day again. I really found my swing yesterday on the range and this morning was a good warm up, a bit stressed, but that is pretty much a good thing to me. I got out there and hit good drives, I think I hit pretty much every fairway, on the greens and solid putting.
“I think I practised throughout all my years playing as an amateur being in the same situation of being nervous and knowing how to handle that and get the best out of myself.
“I think it is fun, I am her to do my golf and I hope that takes me all the way and if it does, then I’ll take it for the women.
“I hope that people realise that we’re actually getting there, getting close to the guys and having the same journey the men have had for the last thirty or forty years. To really just put women’s golf on the map a little bit more than it is at the moment, we can hit it far enough and close to the pin and hole some putts and do good scoring.”
Henrik Stenson: “It was a bit up and down again. We got off to a blistering start, probably could have been one or two shots better on the front nine, I had decent looks on a lot of holes, so a very good start. I had a bit of a hiccup on 11, in good position, I just hit an awful swing with a four wood and rattled into the trees right and didn’t really follow it up with too much quality either with the next few shots, so walked away with a bogey on that par five.
“Then a couple good pars on 12 and 13 and again a bad tee shot on 14 and followed that up by wrapping it in the trees, and in the end I had to make a six or seven footer for a bogey, so if there ever is a good six I guess I made that one on 14, and then made a couple nice putts on the last few holes with 16 being the highlight of the day. It was smoke and fireworks and the grandstand erupting, so I didn’t expect quite that much noise after making the putt but it was fun.
“It would be sweet, so I better stay away from making six on the par fives right, but I feel like I got myself back in the ball game at least with those late birdies, and I felt like it would have been a shame to finish with anything worse than five under today given that start, so we have work to do tomorrow, I don’t know how much we are going to be behind the leaders but we certainly have some ground to make up and I would love to win in Sweden, but I really have to do my part tomorrow.”
Jason Scrivener: “A bit of everything really. It was looking like a pretty good round up until the 13 or 14 really, I played nicely and then was a bit scrappy coming in, but all in all pretty happy with it.
“I can’t wait. It is a great opportunity tomorrow to win a tournament and to be in the final group is always nice as well.”