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Eddie Pepperell

Pepperell breaks through in Qatar, Lawrie names and shames slow players

Eddie Pepperell is a winner on the European Tour after holding off Oli Fisher while Paul Lawrie added a refreshing chapter to the gloomy chapter of slow play
 

So what happened at the Qatar Masters?

On his 129th European Tour start Eddie Pepperell claimed his first win on the European Tour after holding off Oli Fisher in Doha.

Pepperell only had four bogeys all week, including a brilliant one on Saturday (see Moments of the Week below), and a bounce-back birdie at 16 proved to be the difference.

In the end Fisher, who reached the turn in three over, had an eight-foot putt on the last for a sixth birdie on the bounce and to take it into extra holes but it slipped by. Pepperell tapped in for a 70 to make it the third win by an Englishman this season. 

Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult was third while Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who came through Q School, was in a share of fourth.

Pepperell lost his card in 2016 when he missed the cut in Portugal after driving out of bounds on his last hole but, after regaining it at Q School, he enjoyed a brilliant 2017 year with seven top 10s.

For Fisher it was a first top three since the 2014 Africa Open.

Best Quote

“When Oli was over his putt it ran through my mind that I had a play-off before and lost it. I won one on the Challenge Tour when Jeppe Huldahl holes a good putt on the last to force a play-off and I thought, ‘this is going to a play-off here’. And then when Oli missed I thought ‘my parents are going to be going mental’ so there was a lot going on mentally before that tap-in” – Eddie Pepperell

Talking Point

Not a week goes by without the subject of slow play coming up. Everyone knows who the slow coaches are but nobody is willing to point the finger.

Until now..

Two-time Qatar champion Paul Lawrie tells it like it is and he wasn’t holding back after a slow day on Friday.

And if you were wondering if he was talking about Aaron Rai or Marcel Schneider then this reply was pretty clear.

And if Max Kieffer thought he had got away with it last week in Oman then he was in for a surprise..

When asked on Twitter to name and shame some of the bigger names the Scot had this to say: “Bernhard langer been playing the system for years, most weeks at least half the field don’t play within the allotted time, I only mentioned the two players cos I’ve played last two weeks with them”

Before turning his attentions on the current crop of superstars..

And then adding: “Sorry I forgot about Harrington but he has said that himself.”

Lawrie also had this to say about the Chinese teenager Tianlang Guan who was penalised for slow play at the Masters which was as revealing as it was depressing: “He got penalised cos he didn’t know how to cheat the system and kept playing slowly even when the referee was timing him.”

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Mark Townsend

Been watching and playing golf since the early 80s and generally still stuck in this period. Huge fan of all things Robert Rock, less so white belts. Handicap of 8, fragile mind and short game

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