Eddie Pepperell wins his maiden title on European Tour
Eddie Pepperell wins his maiden European Tour title with a controlled game against Oliver Fisher whose charges gave him the final round challenges for the win at Doha Golf Club hosting the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
The Englishman entered the final round at level with his compatriot Oliver Fisher who has produced some great results in the past. While Pepperell opened a three-shot lead on the turn, it followed a fight back by Fisher with five birdies and a bogey on last nine before they were separated by just a shot and resulting in Pepperell’s win.
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Posted by European Tour on Sunday, February 25, 2018
Pepperell’s closing round of 70 got him to 18-under, with Fisher signing for a 71 and Swede Marcus Kinhult finishing at 16-under 68 for a third position on the board.
Pepperell won the ALLIANZ Open Cotes d’Armor Bretagne en route to graduating from the Challenge Tour in 2012 and then enjoyed three full seasons before losing his card in 2016.
“What a day,” he said. “Oli made it really tough and I made it tough for myself at the end there with the second shot at 18.
“I felt good all day, I felt comfortable. I didn’t feel that comfortable with my swing but I was in a great place mentally and I kept telling myself that I’m going to win this.
“This will give me confidence. When you win, you know you can win. I’ve always felt and believed I will win out here but it hadn’t happened before today. You’ve always got to take that step and that’s uneasy but at some point in everyone’s career, they’ve got to do something for the first time. Hopefully, this is not my last.”
Pepperell started his round with eight straight pars and that was good enough for him as Fisher struggled with three consecutive bogeys from fourth to the sixth hole, helping Pepperell to advance his lead by three.
Italian Renato Paratore was the man to cut the lead to two as he charged through the field, making a hat-trick of birdies from the tenth after turning a front nine of 35 to sit three of the lead before rolling another downhill putt for birdie on the 14th. Renato settled for a T-4th position on the board at 15-under-273, with five birdies on his last nine.
Pepperell co-led the opening round too on Thursday with Gregory Havret and Aaron Rai, where Havret finished for a T-5th on the board at 15-under 273 with Paratore, Gonzalo Fernandez Castano, and Pablo Larrazabal. Aaron Rai stood T-19th at 11-under 277 with a final round 2-under 70 with Paul Waring, Alexander Bjork, Callum Shinkwin, Scott Fernandez, Matt Wallace, Jason Scrivener, Alvaro Quiros, and Romain Wattel.
Friday’s solo leader Adrian Otaegui fired 3-under 69 for the day with five birdies and two bogeys in his round for a T-6th finish to the event at 13-under 275 with Matthew Baldwin and Mike Vera Lorenzo.
WGC-Mexico Championship will be the next stop of European Tour starting from March 1st, 2018.