Fisher, Pepperell lead Qatar Masters

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 25, 2018

Eddie Pepperell squeaked home by one shot to win the Qatar Masters on Sunday, holding off a late charge by fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher to secure his first European Tour trophy.

Pepperell finished on 18 under following a two-under final round of 70, his worst score of the week, which included just three birdies and one dropped shot.

He maintained a two-shot advantage until the 17th, but a Fisher birdie on the par three set up a nerve-wracking finish.

After opening with eight pars, the world No 154 birdied the ninth and tenth to keep the chasing pack at bay.

It all came down to the final hole, and while Pepperell could do no better than a level-par at the closing par-five, thankfully for him, Fisher had to settle for a par as well after both men chose to lay up.

He bounced straight back, though, picking up a shot at the 16th thanks to a brilliant approach shot.

The relieved new champion told Sky Sports: "What a day".

"I am looking forward to it", Pepperell said. I felt good all day, I was in a great place mentally and kept telling myself I'm going to win this and Oli certainly made life more interesting.

Pepperell lost his European Tour card in 2016 before reclaiming it at qualifying school.

"This will give me confidence".

He chipped in for a remarkable bogey on the 12th after hitting the rocks in front of the green three times but he would soon lose his lead to a sensational finish from Fisher. When you win, you know you can win.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult was two shots back from Pepperell after ending the tournament with a four-under 68 to claim outright third, while Renato Paratore, Pablo Larrazabal, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Gregory Havret were tied for fourth on 15 under. "Hopefully this is not my last".

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