Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2018
Two English golfers fought for the title at the end of the final round of the 2018 Qatar Masters at Doha, Eddie Pepperell and Oliver Fisher. Pepperell's final round score of 2-under 70 gave him a tournament total of 18-under and he won the trophy. This is 27 year old Pepperell's first European Tour win.
Fisher on 17-under is followed in third by Sweden's Marcus Kinhult on 16-under, then a tie in fourth by Spaniards Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Pablo Larrazábal and Frenchman Grégory Havret (all three being multiple Tour winners) together with Italian Renato Paratore on 15-under.
As with several other winners in this year's golf season, Pepperell has had his share of challenges along the way to success. After the 2016 season he lost his European Tour card, later reclaiming it at Qualifying School. This is his sixth year as a professional. The Qatar Masters is his 129th event.
“What a day,” Pepperell said. “Oli made it really tough and I made it tough for myself at the end.
“I felt good all day, I felt comfortable. I didn’t feel that comfortable with my swing, but I was in a great place mentally. I kept telling myself that I’m going to win this.
“This will give me confidence. When you win, you know you can win. I’ve always felt and believed I will win out here, but it hadn’t happened before today. 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.”
Pepperell is active on social media, both on twitter: (@PepperellEddie) and in his own blog: eddiepepperell.wordpress.com
From his blog, re: his caddie, Mick:
My caddie, Mick, received a lot of praise on social media for the way he performed yesterday. The fortunate thing for me is that he performs that way every day. He did however prove to me yesterday that a caddie can really make a difference when it matters most. He also has a wonderful energy. At 27 I’m already too cynical for my own good, but Mick’s desire to be a great caddie is having a positive effect on my own career in terms of staying motivated.
This, too, from his blog post:
I’ve at times thought that I would need to play ‘sensational’ golf to finally get over the line. Yesterday proved to me that in fact isn’t the case. Getting the ‘job done’ yesterday came down to the more intrinsic parts of golf; course management, patience and clutch putts.