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Golf: Three-way tie at top as thrilling finale in the PGA Championship looms

Published on Aug 11, 2014 7:40 AM
Rickie Fowler of the United States hits his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky on Aug 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

LOUISVILLE (Reuters) - The PGA Championship was heading for a gripping finish as Americans Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson and Swede Henrik Stenson held a share of the lead midway through the final round on Sunday.

With birdies abundant on a rain-softened Valhalla Golf Club layout receptive to approach shots, Mickelson, Fowler and Stenson took advantage of a stumbling start by overnight leader Rory McIlroy, the pre-tournament favourite.

Young gun Fowler, a top-five finisher at each of the year's previous three majors, twice held the outright lead on the front nine before being caught each time by his rivals as he reached the turn in three-under 32, 14 under overall.

Stenson, seeking to become the first Swedish male to win a major, was in even better form early on, five birdies in the first 11 holes vaulting him into a share of the lead.

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