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Nikolai Hojgaard is tied for 5th place, five bogeys behind the late third-round Masters leader


They say the Masters won't start until nine o'clock on Sunday. For Nikolaj Højgaard from Denmark, it could end on Saturday.

For a brief moment as the sun began to sink beneath the tall Georgia pines, Hojgaard moved into sole possession of the third-round lead at the Masters after stringing together birdies on 8, 9 and 10.

And then, in the blink of an eye, it was gone.

The world number 38 bogeyed the next five holes, starting at the famed Amen Corner, and shot 40 on the back nine to drop to a 2-over 74 at 2-under 214, leaving him five shots behind the leader and playing partner Scotty. Scheffler. That would make it difficult for Højgaard to become the first Masters rookie at Augusta National since Fuzzy Zoller in 1979.

Højgaard has never won a PGA Tour event, let alone a major one, so pressure may be a factor.

He said he never knew he was in the lead.

“You try to stop the bleeding a little bit,” Hojgaard said. “If I knew how to do it, I probably could do it. … The course is playing trickier. I was at a point in my game where it was a little difficult.”

Hojgaard said all he can do now is make some birdies on Sunday.

“Right now, it's all over the place,” Hojgaard said of his mindset heading into Sunday. “But I have to regroup, go out and do my best tomorrow. There are a lot of good things these days.”

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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