Eddie Pepperell withstood late charges from Oliver Fisher and Marcus Kinhult to win the Qatar Masters on Sunday, his first career title on the European Tour.
Pepperrell shot a 2-under 70, his worst score of the tournament, but a birdie on No. 16 – the fourth straight birdie he made on that hole – proved to be the difference.
“What a day,” he said. “Oli made it really tough and I made it tough for myself at the end there with the second shot at 18.
“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 and 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.”
Fisher, tied for the lead through 54, bogeyed three straight holes (4-6) to fall off the pace early, but blitzed back at the birdies on 14, 16 and 17. He had birdied 18 in the previous three rounds and could have forced a playoff with another but could only make a par.
Kinhult, one of only two players in the field to shoot under 70 all four days finished two strokes back at 16-under. Like Fisher, he was plagued with early miscues. A air of bogeys saw him 2-over through six holes, then he 6-under the rest of the way. No. 16 was his best weapon over the weekend; he made three birdies and an eagle there.
Nine other players finished within five strokes of the lead.