August 9, 2014

Fowler, Stenson share lead at Valhalla

It wasn't his best round, and he has plenty of company behind him, but Rory McIlroy birdied the last hole on Saturday for a 1-shot lead after 54 holes at the PGA Championship.

Louisville, KY ( - For the first time this year, Rickie Fowler has taken the lead in a major championship. He birdied three in a row from the third on Sunday to move to 13-under par at the PGA Championship. Henrik Stenson joined Fowler in the lead with a birdie on the seventh.

Fowler has finished inside the top-5 at each of the seasons first three majors, but is still looking for his first major championship title.

The 2012 Wells Fargo Championship winner drove into the water on No. 2 and that led to a bogey. He dropped his tee shot to three feet at the third. Fowler kicked that in for birdie, then made a 6-footer for birdie at the fourth.

Fowler chipped in for birdie from just off the edge of the fifth green for birdie and the lead at minus-13. Fowler, who is two groups behind Stenson, is playing the par-5 seventh after making par at six.

Stenson got off to a quick start with birdies at the first and third. He knocked his approach within tap-in range on the fifth, and made that for birdie to move to 12-under.

The Swede was tied for the lead then, and joined Fowler at minus-13 with a 2- putt birdie on the seventh. Stenson made a 9-foot par putt on the eighth to keep a share of the lead.

Phil Mickelson is alone in third at minus-12. He is 2-under through six holes.

Rory McIlroy is 2-over par for his round with bogeys at the third and sixth. He shares fourth place at 11-under par with Bernd Wiesberger, Ernie Els and Mikko Ilonen.

Overall, there are 23 players within five strokes of the lead.

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