Stenson holds off Mickelson at Scottish Open

Stenson holds off Mickelson at Scottish Open
Phil Mickelson, plays from the rough on the second hole during day three of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Course, Inverness Scotland Saturday July 13, 2013.(AP Photo/ David Cheskin/PA)
INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Henrik Stenson held off a resurgent Phil Mickelson at the Scottish Open by shooting a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.

Mickelson was in a group of four players in a tie for second after making six birdies in his last 11 holes for a 66 on Saturday. His performance has the American talking up his improving links game before next week's British Open.

Branden Grace and first-round leader John Parry were tied with Mickelson after each shooting 66, along with J.B. Hansen (69).

Stenson has emerged from a prolonged slump and is showing the kind of consistent form that took the Swede to No. 4 in the world four years ago.