Pepperell holds on in Qatar for first European Tour win

Doha (AFP) - Eddie Pepperell squeaked home by one shot to win the Qatar Masters Sunday, holding off a late charge by fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher to secure his first European Tour trophy.

Pepperell holds on in Qatar for first European Tour win

Pepperell holds on in Qatar for first European Tour win

The highly-rated 27-year-old was joint overnight leader with Fisher in Doha but by the turn on Sunday, Pepperell's consistency had helped establish a three-shot lead and he looked in complete control.

He saved par at the 12th despite chipping into rocks then dropped a shot at the 15th to keep the chasing pack interested.

Pepperell held a two-shot advantage until the 17th, but a Fisher birdie on the par three set up a nerve-wracking finish.

Fisher even had a chance on the final green to force a play-off but missed his birdie putt, leaving Pepperell to win with a tap-in par.

He threw his ball and cap away in relief, finishing with a two under par 70 -- his worst score of the week -- taking the title on 18 under.

"It feels good, a relief," Pepperell said. "I am as pleased as I can be."

Despite the tense finish, Pepperell said he was not suffering from nerves on the final hole.

"I was super-confident today. I said to my friend it's an inevitability.

"I don't wish that to sound arrogant, I want it to sound confident," he said.

Long regarded as a potential star, the win pushes Pepperell into European Tour top 15.

Asked if it felt like a breakthrough victory, Pepperell said: "I feel like this is just another good performance, with a win."

Fisher finished second, one shot behind after shooting a 71, a first top three finish since 2014.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhalt finished third on 16 under par.

Despite forecasts of showers and thunderstorms, the final round was played in fine weather.

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