Eddie Pepperell: "I don't think I am far away"

"It depends which person shows up. I'm doing something a little different this week with my swing, so I'm hopeful that might have a positive impact. We'll see"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Eddie Pepperell: "I don't think I am far away"
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Eddie Pepperell is seeking a subtle modification to his swing ahead of the upcoming Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, hoping it can propel him towards more victories at the venue where he secured his maiden DP World Tour title.

The Englishman's victorious campaign in 2018 at Doha Golf Club played a significant part in his climb to the brink of a place in the top 30 on the Official World Golf Ranking. After achieving his best result in three years as a runner-up in Scotland last summer, Pepperell secured his spot in the lucrative season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Though 2023 has proved to be a more challenging year for the athlete, he remains confident with his full playing privileges secured for another season.
With pleasant recollections of his previous tenures, Pepperell possesses the potential to elevate his campaign with a dynamic showing in Qatar, seeking to place within the top 60 in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex to perform in next month's Nedbank Golf Challenge.

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"I don't think I'm far away, but equally, I've had periods in rounds over the last few weeks where I've been poor," he stated. "It depends which person shows up. I'm doing something a little different this week with my swing, so I'm hopeful that might have a positive impact.

We'll see."
In addition to his 2018 triumph, Pepperell also attained a spot in the top five in Qatar in 2015 and holds optimism for his impending return. "It's nice to come back to a course you've had success at," he added.

The Doha Golf Club, renowned for its tempestuous winds, is currently playing host to the 26th edition of the tournament, having been moved from its traditional March slot in the DP World Tour schedule.

Despite the higher than average temperatures in Qatar, Eddie Pepperell is anticipating a good run on the course, noting that the ability to cope with the heat after a spate of European events will be crucial in the coming days.

Pepperell, who has had a good performance record on the course in the past, attributes it to his skill set; however, he also acknowledges the importance of playing well and cannot predict whether he will perform up to his usual standards.

As he points out, the course itself has undergone some changes, including new tees, and could present a challenge, especially if the wind picks up. Nevertheless, given the immaculate condition of the course, there is potential for some impressive scores.

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