A pair of Englishmen have traveled have traveled 4,238 miles to battle for a European Tour title. Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell are tied at 16-under through 54 holes at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club.
Pepperell fired a 66 on Saturday and Fisher countered with a 65. The US’ Sean Crocker is alone in third at 14-under followed by five players including David Horsey and Gregory Havret tied for fourth at 12-under.
“I would say that was my best round, especially with the position I was in going into the day,” Pepperell said. “I hit a lot of good shots, I maybe lost a little feeling through the turn, but I bounced back nicely and I didn’t let it bother me. I am looking forward to it. I’ve committed to some swing feelings today that have been really good and my whole game feels like it’s there. Mentally I feel like I’m up for it – I wanted to lead today and I didn’t want to be behind the leader.
“Oli is a good friend of mine although he is a closer friend of Rory McIlroy apparently! He’s a good lad so it’s going to be great to be out with him and Sean, who I think will definitely be 50 yards past me on most tees but we can deal with that.”
Fisher has not won a title since 2011.
“I gave myself some chances coming in and thankfully I made them,” he said.
“We’ve still got one round to go, a lot of golf to be played out there but I’ve certainly put myself in a good position. The most important thing for tomorrow is to go out and enjoy it. I’m good friends with Eddie so hopefully we’ll have a bit if fun out there.”