Oct 15th, 2018
Eddie 'Crazy Ace Pepperell pulls off magnificent British Masters win
All credit goes to his mum's mittens
Eddie Pepperell was going along ok at Walton Heath in his bid to protect a lead going into the final day. He was still ahead, but only just. Then his mum gave him a present on the 10th tee...
Eddie eventually won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters. But was the gift of a pair of mittens from his mum just after Eddie had found the rough with his tee shot on the 10th – on a cold, windy, rainy day – that proved the inspiration for Eddie to go to the next level.
He found his ball in the rough on the right side of the fairway and promptly holed out for an unlikely eagle which suddenly gave him a three-shot lead once more.
"The credit for the eagle goes to my mum Marian because she gave me some mittens as I was walking off the 10th tee," said Eddie. "I did not sleep great the last two nights. It was hard to keep my mind on the golf because I was leading all week."
Victory means Pepperell, who also won the Qatar Masters in February, will break into the world's top 35 for the first time.
"I am over the moon," Pepperell told Sky Sports. "It was such a tough day with the conditions. I didn't swing well from the get-go. It was an absolute grind."
Pepperell finished two shots ahead of playing partner Alexander Bjork of Sweden, who shot a one-under-par 71 to finish.
Australia's Lucas Herbert and England's Jordan Smith finished a further two shots back, with 2002 winner and t2018 British Masters host Justin Rose eighth on three under.
Pepperell's overnight lead was reduced to just a single stroke when Bjork completed the front nine in 34 and the Eddie three-putted the ninth – the same hole at which he earned his 'Crazy Ace' nickname on the opening day.
And then came the mitten-inspired eagle at 10. But there was more drama when Pepperell slipped to back to back bogeys on 14 and 15. Suddenly he just had the single shot lead. But he played a fine bunker shot at the 18th which ensured his par, while Bjork, trying to force things, bogeyed the 72nd hole. Boom. Two-shot win.
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Plus, with a world ranking of 33rd, Eddie is very likely to end up in the Top 50 by year's end. And that means one very special thing – The Masters. Augusta. Go on, my son.