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Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2018

DATES: February 22-25
SITE: Doha Golf Club, Qatar
PRIZE MONEY: $1,750,000

Round 4 - Eddie Pepperell wins Qatar Masters in tense finish

February 25, 2018

Eddie Pepperell survived a tense finish to win the Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday for his maiden European Tour title.

The 27-year-old Englishman held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Oliver Fisher, who needed a third successive birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff, but had his putt from six feet slip past the hole for a par.

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Pepperell shot a 2-under-par 70 for a four-day tally of 18 under 270, while Fisher, who started the day tied for the lead, could only manage a 71.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult (68) finished third at 16-under.

The No. 154-ranked Pepperell made things difficult for himself with a bogey on the 15th hole, but hit a superb wedge to three feet on the next to get back to 18 under again.

Fisher, who appeared to have fallen out of contention with three bogeys starting on the third hole, stormed back with birdies on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.

On the last, Pepperell laid up with his second into the thick rough, made wet and unwieldy by rain in the Qatar capital, but found the green in three and two-putted for the win when Fisher missed his birdie putt.

''I did the things I needed to do, I didn't play fantastic but I won ugly and for the first win to be ugly is good. Hopefully, I'll have some prettier ones in the future,'' said Pepperell.

''I knew I was playing well, especially tee to green, so I expected a lot of myself this week and I guess to pull it off is amazing. When Oli birdied the 17th, that was when it really caught up with me that I was only one ahead. I was in my own zone, I knew I had a couple of shots of lead but Oli did great. It was a tough front nine for him and I had to stay right in my own way and out of the two guys' way because they were struggling a bit and it's sometimes easy to get dragged into that.''

Fisher was disappointed, but saw the silver lining in the way he fought back.

''It went all the way to the last hole which, after my front nine, was what I was hoping for on the back nine,'' said Fisher, who won the 2011 Czech Open, but recorded his first top-three finish since the 2014 Africa Open.

''I hit a lot of good shots coming down the back nine and gave myself a lot of good chances, but there were just too many bogeys today, four in total, so you're never going to win a tournament making that many mistakes on a Sunday. But at least I pressed him all the way.''

Italian Renato Paratore (66) had the low round of the day and finished tied for fourth place at 15 under par, where he was joined by the Spanish pair of Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal along with Gregory Havret of France.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-18
65
69
66
70
270
2
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-17
66
69
65
71
271
3
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-16
68
69
67
68
272

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Round 3 - Fisher & Pepperell tied for lead at 16-under

February 24, 2018

Oliver Fisher birdied his last four holes in the Qatar Masters third round to share the lead at Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Englishman shot a 7-under 65 for an overall 16-under 200. Eddie Pepperell (66) picked up shots on the 16th and 18th to catch his compatriot and the pair enjoy a two-shot lead over American Sean Crocker (67) in third.

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David Horsey (65) was the biggest mover of the day with the Englishman improving 31 places for a share of fourth place at 12 under with, among others, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Andrea Pavan.

Fisher, winner of the 2011 Czech Open, made some stunning putts on his way in. After an eight-footer on the par-4 15th, he then drove the green on the short par-4 16th for an easy birdie, before making a 12-footer on the 17th and a 15-footer on the 18th.

Like Pepperell, Fisher also had just one bogey to show on his card, also on the 12th hole.

''I gave myself some chances coming in and thankfully I made them,'' said Fisher, who has dropped to 369th in the world rankings.

''You can quite easily make a few bogeys without doing that much wrong here, so it's important to be patient and keep giving yourself chances.''

Pepperell, ranked 154th in the world after a strong finish to his 2017 season, has been a picture of consistency in the tournament. He was once again rock-solid throughout the day, except one bad hole - the par-4 12th. His approach shot came up short and landed in the rocks, the third ricocheted back off the rocks, and he duffed his fourth shot to stay in the waste area.

But just when a double bogey or worse looked imminent, Pepperell holed his fifth shot for what was a remarkable bogey. And he celebrated that escape with a 40-feet birdie putt on the 13th.

''I maybe lost a little feeling through the turn, but I bounced back nicely and I didn't let it bother me,'' said the 27-year-old Pepperell, who hit his third shot to within four feet on the par-5 18th to join Fisher on top.

The long-hitting Crocker is playing on invites on the European Tour. He made a third eagle in three days - on the par-4 16th for the second successive round.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-16
65
69
66
200
T1
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-16
66
69
65
200
3
Sean Crocker
USA
-14
67
68
67
202
T4
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-12
68
69
67
204
T4
David Horsey
ENG
-12
71
68
65
204
T4
Gregory Havret
FRA
-12
65
69
70
204
T4
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-12
67
70
67
204
T4
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-12
68
69
67
204
T9
Chris Wood
ENG
-11
68
69
68
205
T9
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-11
68
68
69
205
T9
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-11
70
69
66
205
T9
James Morrison
ENG
-11
72
66
67
205
T9
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-11
68
71
66
205
T9
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-11
68
68
69
205
T9
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-11
68
67
70
205

Round 2 - Adrian Otaegui takes 1-shot lead in Qatar

February 23, 2018

Three birdies on the final three holes gave Spain's Adrian Otaegui a one shot lead at the halfway stage of the Qatar Masters on Friday.

His grandstand finish gave him a round of 66 for the day and leaves him at eleven under par, one shot ahead of a group of four players.

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That followed a bogey-free round of 67 on the first day for the player from the Basque region, as he took full advantage of calm conditions.

"There was no wind, it's a low-scoring course this year so I think there was no real difference in the first two days," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to the weekend now. I just wanted to stay patient hole-after-hole and we'll see what happens."

In the group just behind Otaegui are South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher as well as France's Gregory Havret and England's Eddie Pepperell, the latter two starting the day as joint leaders.

It promises to be a tight finish over the final two days as there are 33 players within five shots of the lead.

Among those missing the cut though was defending champion Jeunghun Wang.

The South Korean started the day just three shots off the lead but followed up a first day 68 with a disastrous 75 to finish one under.

The cut was placed at four under.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-11
67
66
133
T2
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-10
65
69
134
T2
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-10
68
66
134
T2
Gregory Havret
FRA
-10
65
69
134
T2
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-10
68
66
134
T6
George Coetzee
RSA
-9
69
66
135
T6
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-9
66
69
135
T6
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-9
68
67
135
T6
Sean Crocker
USA
-9
67
68
135
T6
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-9
67
68
135

Round 1 - Pepperell, Havret & Rai tie for lead with 65

February 22, 2018

Eddie Pepperell, Gregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under-par 65 on Thursday.

Havret went bogey free, Pepperell made one bogey and eight birdies, while fellow English golfer Rai eagled his last hole to add to five birdies.

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One shot behind the leaders were four players, including former Ryder Cup player Edoardo Molinari of Italy and former champion Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Defending champion Wang Jeunghun of South Korea started with a 68, and Race to Dubai leader Shubhankar Sharma of India shot 69 despite a double bogey on the 15th hole.

Pepperell, who is fast gaining a reputation on the European Tour for his irreverent tweets and meaningful blogs, showed his clubs can also do an equal amount of talking after missing cuts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Malaysia.

Pepperell birdied Nos. 10, 11, 14, 16 and 18 with a single blemish on 13 after starting on the back nine. He made three more birdies on his back nine.

He was joined on top of the leaderboard by Havret, who made five birdies in six holes from the sixth, and Rai, who eagled the last.

''I surprised myself, really,'' said Pepperell, who finished third in Portugal and Netherlands last year.

''I've made some changes this week with personnel, so I've been working on a couple of new things and I surprised myself out there with how well I managed to trust it.

''I hit some quality tee shots, that's the area I feel that I've been struggling with a bit lately. We had a good time.

''It's definitely a bigger picture for me this week than tomorrow and indeed the weekend. I'm not overly-fussed about my early season form.

Molinari, a three-time champion on the tour including last year in Morocco, started with eight straight pars, and then made seven birdies in his last 10 holes, including a chip-in for birdie on the last.

''I hit every green apart from the last one. I hit a lot of fairways, I had a lot of chances for birdie,'' said Edoardo, the older brother of U.S. PGA Tour star Francesco.

''Last week in Oman, I had a decent week, I had a bad first round and then three very good rounds. It's been the case for the last few weeks so my focus this week was to try and get a good start.''

Oliver Fisher of England was the best among the afternoon groups with a 6-under 66, joining Molinari, Quiros and Germany's Marcel Schneider in a tie for fourth.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-7
65
T1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-7
65
T1
Gregory Havret
FRA
-7
65
T4
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-6
66
T4
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-6
66
T4
Marcel Schneider
GER
-6
66
T4
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-6
66
T8
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-5
67
T8
Joshua White
ENG
-5
67
T8
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
67
T8
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-5
67
T8
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
67
T8
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-5
67
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
67

Scores

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-18
65
69
66
70
270
2
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-17
66
69
65
71
271
3
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-16
68
69
67
68
272
T4
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-15
68
68
69
68
273
T4
Gregory Havret
FRA
-15
65
69
70
69
273
T4
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-15
68
67
70
68
273
T4
Renato Paratore
ITA
-15
71
66
70
66
273
T8
George Coetzee
RSA
-14
69
66
71
68
274
T8
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-14
67
68
71
68
274
T10
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-13
67
66
73
69
275
T10
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-13
68
70
68
69
275
T10
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-13
68
68
69
70
275
T13
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-12
68
69
67
72
276
T13
Chris Wood
ENG
-12
68
69
68
71
276
T13
David Horsey
ENG
-12
71
68
65
72
276
T13
Mark Foster
ENG
-12
71
68
68
69
276
T13
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-12
69
68
69
70
276
T13
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-12
69
71
69
67
276
T19
Aaron Rai
ENG
-11
65
73
69
70
277
T19
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-11
70
69
69
69
277
T19
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-11
66
70
70
71
277
T19
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-11
68
69
70
70
277
T19
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-11
70
70
67
70
277
T19
Matt Wallace
ENG
-11
69
71
67
70
277
T19
Paul Waring
ENG
-11
68
70
70
69
277
T19
Romain Wattel
FRA
-11
71
69
71
66
277
T19
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-11
69
70
71
67
277
T28
Ashun Wu
CHI
-10
69
70
70
69
278
T28
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-10
68
72
71
67
278
T28
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-10
70
69
66
73
278
T28
Marcel Siem
GER
-10
73
66
68
71
278
T28
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-10
68
69
71
70
278
T28
Sean Crocker
USA
-10
67
68
67
76
278
T34
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-9
69
70
73
67
279
T34
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-9
67
70
67
75
279
T34
Nico Geyger
CHI
-9
71
69
69
70
279
T34
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-9
71
69
69
70
279
T34
Rak Cho
KOR
-9
69
70
67
73
279
T39
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-8
71
69
71
69
280
T39
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-8
70
68
70
72
280
T39
Oliver Farr
WAL
-8
70
70
69
71
280
T39
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-8
68
66
74
72
280
T39
Steven Brown
ENG
-8
69
69
70
72
280
T39
Thomas Detry
BEL
-8
67
70
70
73
280
T45
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-7
72
68
71
70
281
T45
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-7
70
68
74
69
281
T45
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-7
70
69
69
73
281
T45
James Morrison
ENG
-7
72
66
67
76
281
T45
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-7
68
71
66
76
281
T45
Justin Walters
RSA
-7
68
71
72
70
281
T45
Richard Sterne
RSA
-7
72
68
70
71
281
T45
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-7
69
70
69
73
281
T53
Chase Koepka
USA
-6
71
68
74
69
282
T53
Chris Hanson
ENG
-6
73
67
71
71
282
T53
Grant Forrest
SCO
-6
70
70
74
68
282
T53
Marc Warren
SCO
-6
68
70
70
74
282
T53
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-6
70
66
72
74
282
T53
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-6
70
70
69
73
282
T59
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
68
66
76
73
283
T59
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-5
72
65
70
76
283
T61
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-4
70
70
70
74
284
T61
David Howell
ENG
-4
69
70
74
71
284
T61
Joshua White
ENG
-4
67
73
69
75
284
T61
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-4
70
70
74
70
284
T61
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
-4
67
72
73
72
284
T61
Paul Lawrie
SCO
-4
68
72
71
73
284
T61
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-4
71
68
72
73
284
T61
Ryan Evans
ENG
-4
69
67
71
77
284
T61
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-4
69
71
75
69
284
T70
Marcel Schneider
GER
-3
66
74
69
76
285
T70
Scott Hend
AUS
-3
73
67
75
70
285
T72
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
66
74
70
76
286
T72
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-2
68
72
75
71
286
T74
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
69
69
71
78
287
T74
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-1
72
68
73
74
287
76
Robert Karlsson
SWE
Par
68
71
71
78
288
77
Daniel Im
USA
1
73
67
74
75
289
78
Pontus Widegren
SWE
4
73
67
80
72
292
CUT
Clement Sordet
FRA
-3
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-3
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
-3
68
73
-
-
141
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
-3
74
67
-
-
141
CUT
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-3
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Zander Lombard
RSA
-3
76
65
-
-
141
CUT
Brandon Stone
RSA
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
69
73
-
-
142
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
68
74
-
-
142
CUT
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
74
68
-
-
142
CUT
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-2
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Ahmed Baig
PAK
-1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Bradley Neil
SCO
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
68
75
-
-
143
CUT
Jeff Winther
SWE
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
68
75
-
-
143
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-1
68
75
-
-
143
CUT
Matteo Manassero
ITA
-1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
Pep Angles
ESP
-1
73
70
-
-
143
CUT
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-1
68
75
-
-
143
CUT
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Simon Khan
ENG
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-1
75
68
-
-
143
CUT
Carlos Pigem
ESP
Par
70
74
-
-
144
CUT
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
Par
77
67
-
-
144
CUT
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Ahmed Marjan
MAR
1
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
1
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Anthony Wall
ENG
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Ben Evans
ENG
2
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
2
70
76
-
-
146
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Reece Phillips
ENG
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Jens Dantorp
SWE
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Lee Slattery
ENG
5
74
75
-
-
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
5
74
75
-
-
149
CUT
Darren Clarke
NIR
6
76
74
-
-
150
CUT
Ross McGowan
ENG
6
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Sean Maisey
WAL
6
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Clarke Lutton
SCO
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Saleh Al Kaabi
QAT
7
76
75
-
-
151
CUT
Shergo Al Kurdi
JOR
9
73
80
-
-
153
CUT
James Heath
ENG
10
74
80
-
-
154
CUT
Ali Al-Shahrani
QAT
13
78
79
-
-
157

 

 




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