(Reuters) – England’s Eddie Pepperell held off compatriot Oliver Fisher to say his first European Tour title on the Qatar Masters on Sunday.
The pair entered the ultimate day on the prime of the leaderboard and whereas Pepperell carded two-under par 70 to complete 18-under total, his taking part in accomplice recovered from three bogeys on the front-nine to complete only one shot behind.
Fisher might have pressured a play-off at Doha Golf Club however missed a birdie putt from 10 toes on the 18th.
”What a day,“ the 27-year-old Pepperell said. ”Oli made it actually powerful and I made it powerful for myself on the finish there with the second shot at 18.
”I felt good all day, I felt comfy. I didn’t really feel that comfy with my swing however I used to be in an awesome place mentally and I saved telling myself that I‘m going to win this.
“This will give me confidence… You’ve always got to take that step and that’s uneasy but at some point in everyone’s career they’ve got to do something for the first time. Hopefully this is not my last.”
It was Fisher’s first top-three end because the 2014 Africa Open and he must wait a little bit longer so as to add to his 2011 Czech Open title.
Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult took third place after ending at 16-under with 68 within the closing spherical, one stroke forward of Spanish duo Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Renato Paratore.
South African George Coetzee and German Sebastian Heisele completed the week at 14-under, a shot away from England’s Matthew Baldwin, Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Adrian Otaegui of Spain.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty