Scottish Open. Henrik Hits the Highlights in the Highlands July 13 2013

Henrik Stenson hit the highlights in the Highlands with a third round -6 under par 66, to top the leaderboard in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Henrik Stenson   (Getty Images) Henrik Stenson / Getty Images Henrik will lead the chasing pack  at Castle Stuart Golf Links by two shots at the start of play tomorrow in the final round of the Scottish Open. He relishes the thought of being in front, but knows he will need his A game to hold off the challenge which will come from the Worlds Number Eight, Phil Mickelson. But at -16 under par he is in a good position to go ahead and lift this trophy; "I always prefer to be in front than one behind because if I shoot a decent score the guys are going to have to play even better to beat me. It's great to be back in the mix and getting the adrenalin going again. I have always enjoyed playing with the best players in the world and trying to measure myself against them. I've played with Phil a few times and against him in The Ryder Cup so I will need to bring my good game again. But it's not just about the two of us, there are a lot of other players and if someone gets hot on this course they can shoot, six, seven or eight under. I have to keep my head and my foot down. I had a lot of experience from going through 2001-03 so the slump in 2011 was nowhere near as bad. I found some form at the end of last year and it was good to get back in the winners' circle in the South African Open at the end of the year. The biggest difference is that I have put down some long-term goals, when you are struggling you go for the quick fix. I still think I have a few good things in me and winning a major would be one of them. I have won so much more than I could have dreamed of but there is one thing missing so that's what I am striving for." Phil Mickleson is one of four players tied in second place at -14 under par for the tournament, he said he is having fun, and would dearly love to win a tournament for himself on the opposite side of the pond; " The last 11 holes were a lot of fun. The first seven holes I got off to a bit of a slow start and I was really behind when I needed to make up ground. On the eighth I tried to slow it down and be patient, got one putt to drop and that seemed to ignite the rest of the round. I think I will be a couple back at the end of the day,  but I've got myself in a good position for tomorrow and I am really looking forward to it. Any victory over here would be terrific but we are getting ahead of ourselves. There's a packed leaderboard so it will take one good round of a shootout between 15 and 20 guys that are right there. Being in position and shooting that good round today feels terrific but I've got to go out tomorrow and duplicate it. I haven't thought about the TV coverage,  I've wanted to play well here because I want to play well. I love playing links-style golf and this is a great start for me to play a style that I want for The Open Championship." Overnight leader Chris Doak had a poor third round, +1 over par 73, that left him five shots adrift of the leaders. Matthew Southgate is one shot better off, despite getting his round off to a nightmare start. He was pleased with the way he battled back but is now four shots behind at -12 under par; " That showed character and I am proud of myself for that. I really enjoyed myself and the goal has to be to learn as much as possible and finish as high as possible. It was a bit of a sad finish with bogeys at the last two holes. I nearly hit a couple of policemen on the 17th and said to my caddie that would have been an unusual way to get nicked, but I am still in a good position in the tournament."