Last year, Stenson dropped three shots during a two-hole stretch to open the door for Ernie Els' victory. He birdied three of his last four holes then, but fell short of the eagle he needed at the final hole to force a playoff with Els.
Stenson, who mixed three birdies with two bogeys Saturday, has held the third round lead four other times on the European Tour. He won two of those tournaments -- the 2001 Benson & Hedges International and The Heritage in 2004 -- for his only two titles.
Last week, at the inaugural Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, Stenson finished second by a stroke to Chris DiMarco.