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Three in the drink as leader Hojgaard makes Open de France quintuple bogey
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John Skilbeck
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Rasmus Hojgaard suffered a golfer's nightmare at the Open de France
Rasmus Hojgaard suffered a golfer's nightmare at the Open de France

Rasmus Hojgaard suffered a nightmare when leading the Open de France on Saturday, finding the water three times on the second hole on his way to a quintuple-bogey eight.

Armed with a six-stroke cushion over the field when he reached the tee at 15 under par early in his third round, Dane Hojgaard saw two balls slip away off the green and into a lake, before sending his third attempt straight into the water.

His fourth strike from the tee box was a good one, and Hojgaard holed the 10-foot putt he was left with, but his lead over France's Paul Barjon shrank to one shot.

Astonishingly, Hojgaard went into the water on the par-five third hole too, and a bogey meant the lead he had built after dazzling rounds of 62 and 65 on the opening two days had evaporated in just three holes of his penultimate round.

Hojgaard, at the age of 21, has already won three tournaments on the DP World Tour, most recently capturing the European Masters title in August last year.

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