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Stenson passes Mickelson in round 3 at the British Open

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Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what everyone expects out of a major championship.

They matched birdies and improbable par saves. Momentum changed with every shot. The lead changed four times over four hours of golf at its highest level, played in the cold wind and occasional rain off the Irish Sea. All the British Open lacked Saturday was a winner.

Stenson took the lead for the last time with another two-shot swing on an inward par 3, and he kept it with a nifty up-and-down on the 18th for par and a 3-under 68, the second straight day that no one had a better score.

Stenson had his third straight round in the 60s - no one has ever won at Royal Troon with all four rounds in the 60s. Mickelson had a 70. His game was nowhere near as sharp as his opening-round 63 that tied a major championship record. Stenson passed him late in the afternoon.

The Open Championship will be decided in the finals tomorrow.

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