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Stenson soars into Deutsche Bank lead

A six-under third round puts the Swede one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler (Photo by Getty Images)

A six-under third round puts the Swede one shot ahead of Rickie Fowler (Photo by Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson continued his recent good form by shooting a third-round 65 to take a one-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

The Swede won the FedEx Cup play-offs in 2013 and has started this year’s annual end-of-year competition well, finishing as runner-up to Jason Day at the first play-off event, The Barclays, last week.

The 39-year-old has maintained his hot streak in Boston and was in fine form on Sunday as he carded a flawless six-under-par round which included an eagle and four birdies.

That was enough to give Stenson the outright lead ahead of Rickie Fowler, who recorded a third successive 67 to keep himself in the picture on 12-under heading into Monday’s final round.

Overnight leader Charley Hoffman had been three clear of the field but a suspected back problem played havoc with his game as he slipped to 11th after a five-over 76.

Stenson won the Deutsche Bank Championship en route to the FedEx Cup two years ago and admitted he was delighted to have hit a purple patch at TPC Boston once more.

“It’s a good time to start playing well,” said Stenson. “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.”

Elsewhere, Jason Day’s hopes of becoming the new world number one appear to be over after a run of 22 consecutive sub-par rounds came to an end as he shot a two-over 73.

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