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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

Sturehed extends Mena Tour Championship lead to close in on title at Al Zorah Golf Club

Swede leads by seven shots heading into Thursday's final round of the Mena Tour season-concluding tournament. 

Andrew Marshall described Henric Sturehed as a "superb talent" after partnering the Swede at the Mena Tour Championship. Courtesy Mena Golf Tour
Andrew Marshall described Henric Sturehed as a "superb talent" after partnering the Swede at the Mena Tour Championship. Courtesy Mena Golf Tour

Sweden's Henric Sturehed followed up his course record round with another superb outing at Al Zorah Golf Club yesterday to stretch his lead at the Mena Tour Championship to seven shots heading into today's final round.

Sturehed, 27, started the third round with a comfortable five-shot lead thanks to his record-breaking 63 on the Ajman course on Tuesday, and extended his lead further with a 67 to sit on 18-under par for the tournament.

Sturehed's playing partner, Andrew Marshall, shot a tidy 69 to sit alone in second place at 11-under par, with the Mena Tour's Order of Merit leader Jamie Elson in third on nine-under.

On a day when Darren Clarke, the Mena Tour patron and former British Open champion, and 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell attended the tournament, Sturehed said he was pleased with his performance.

“Played a solid tee-to-green. I feel like my swing is comfortable and consistent," he said. "I hit it close (to the pin) and created many scoring opportunities.

“My game plan is to just play my game and try and make as many birdies possible, and the rest will take care of itself."

Marshall, one of four players still in the hunt for the Order of Merit crown, lauded Sturehed and is predicting a bright future for the Swede.

“He is a superb talent," the Englishman said. "Very impressed with his game. He is strong off the tee and accurate with his irons. He has great potential and I absolutely believe he will go far."

The best round of the day belonged to Benjamin David, whose six-under par 66 included five consecutive birdies at the end of his round to move the Englishman from 34th overnight to tied-15th.

Today's final round at Al Zorah Golf Club will conclude the 2017 Mena Tour season.