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Stenson happy with third

Henrik Stenson says he is not concerned about not yet having won a major after falling just short at this weekend’s PGA Championship.

The 38-year-old Swede, who a five-under 66 on Sunday, twice led on a rain-affected final day at Valhalla but ended the tournament two shots behind winner Rory McIlroy.

After becoming the first player to win the FedEx Cup in America and the Race to Dubai on the European Tour, Stenson had been tipped to become the first Swedish male to win a major this year.

He came close last year by being runner-up to Phil Mickelson at The Open and has now finished third at the PGA Championship for the last two years.

"I was part of it. I'm happy with that. I gave it my best,\" said the world No 4. \"I was four shots (behind) when we started today.

\"It would have taken a back nine similar to my front nine, I guess, to pull it off. I just didn't have it.

"It was a good try, and I'm just very happy with the progress I made with my game in the last 10 days. I'll get more chances. I'm not worried.

"Regardless who is up there, you want to see good golf and see birdies and the lead being changed back and forth. That is the exciting part.

\"I think we gave them that, so I'm pleased to be part of that."

Stenson's challenge faltered at the 14th when he missed a 20-foot birdie putt and then followed up with another miss from three feet to make par.

This came after he had tied for the lead on the previous hole.

"After that it was a little bit of saving effort, bringing it home," Stenson added. "I couldn't convert to a birdie on the last (hole) either.