European Tour

Pepperell holds on in Qatar for first European Tour win

2018-02-25 14:05
European Tour logo (File)

Doha - 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.

The highly-rated 27-year-old was joint overnight leader with Fisher in Doha but by the turn on Sunday, Pepperell's consistency had helped establish a three-shot lead and he looked in complete control.

He saved par at the 12th despite chipping into rocks then dropped a shot at the 15th to keep the chasing pack interested.

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

Fisher even had a chance on the final green to force a play-off but missed his birdie putt, leaving Pepperell to win with a tap-in par.

He threw his ball and cap away in relief, finishing with a two under par 70 -- his worst score of the week -- taking the title on 18 under.

"It feels good, a relief," Pepperell said. "I am as pleased as I can be."

Despite the tense finish, Pepperell said he was not suffering from nerves on the final hole.

"I was super-confident today. I said to my friend it's an inevitability.

"I don't wish that to sound arrogant, I want it to sound confident," he said.

Long regarded as a potential star, the win pushes Pepperell into European Tour top 15.

Asked if it felt like a breakthrough victory, Pepperell said: "I feel like this is just another good performance, with a win."

Fisher finished second, one shot behind after shooting a 71, a first top three finish since 2014.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhalt finished third on 16 under par.

Despite forecasts of showers and thunderstorms, the final round was played in fine weather.

Read more on:    european tour  |  qatar masters  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.