Pepperell holds firm for victory

15 October 2018 18:46:28 GMTPlus11

Eddie Pepperell battled through the cold and rain to shoot a final-round 72 and complete a wire-to-wire two-shot win in the British Masters at Walton Heath with 9-under 279.

Fuelled by a hole-in-one during his opening round, the popular Englishman had built a three-stroke lead heading into Sunday's final lap at the famed Surrey venue.

I'm delighted to go wire-to-wire, especially at this event, I'm over the moon.

Eddie Pepperell

Pepperell looked to be keeping his rivals at bay before three-putting the ninth for bogey but he responded in style by holing his approach for eagle - his fourth of the week - at the par-5 10th hole.

With others making mistakes, Alexander Bjork emerged as his main rival on the back nine and the Swede reduced the gap to a single shot as Pepperell made bogeys at 15 and 16.

But Bjork made a mess of the last and his bogey allowed Pepperell to complete a two-shot success and claim his second victory of the season.

Australian Lucas Herbert finished tied third with England's Jordan Smith, while Sam Horsfield, Tom Lewis and Julian Suri claimed joint fifth.

"It's brilliant," said Pepperell after banking a sixth top ten in his last nine starts and moving up to seventh on the Race to Dubai.

"I said yesterday I wouldn't know how it felt being in the lead at this event as opposed to another one but now that I've won it, it does feel special.

"The crowds are great, I've had some great local support around a beautiful golf course - one I've played a lot as a junior and an amateur - so to come and win this event is really special.

"It was such a tough day with the conditions. I didn't swing it very well from the get-go and it was really hard then to find it. It was an absolute grind for four or five hours. It just shows how important it is to build a lead when things are going well for you.

"I'm delighted to go wire-to-wire, especially at this event, I'm over the moon."

Pepperell is 126.00 to win next year's Open Championship at Portrush in Ireland, with Rory McIlroy 11.00 and Shane Lowry 67.00.

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