Eng­land’s Pep­perell in con­trol at Bri­tish Masters

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Eng­land’s Ed­die Pep­perell holds a com­mand­ing three-shot lead head­ing into the fi­nal day of the Bri­tish Masters. Pep­perell is chas­ing only the sec­ond Eu­ro­pean Tour ti­tle of his ca­reer and has a golden op­por­tu­nity to lift the tro­phy af­ter record­ing a third round of 71 at Walton Heath yes­ter­day. He fin­ished on nine un­der par, with fel­low English­man Jor­dan Smith, Swe­den’s Alexan­der Bjork, Amer­i­can Ju­lian Suri and France’s Julien Guer­rier all six un­der.

“It would have been nice to hole a cou­ple of putts on the back nine for sure,” the 27-yearold said.

A vic­tory to­day would take Pep­perell into the world’s top 35 and al­most cer­tainly se­cure a Masters de­but in 2019.

The top 50 at the end of the year are guar­an­teed a place in the first ma­jor of the year at Au­gusta Na­tional in April. The 27-year-old be­gan the day with a three-shot lead and was four clear when he holed from 14 feet for an ea­gle on the par-five 11th.

Ry­der Cup star Tommy Fleet­wood is seven shots off the pace af­ter re­bound­ing from a 77 on Fri­day with a 70, while team­mate and tour­na­ment host Justin Rose is an­other stroke adrift fol­low­ing a 69.

A top-two fin­ish to­day would see Rose reach the top of the world rank­ings for the sec­ond time this sea­son, the 38-yearold hav­ing spent two weeks as num­ber one in Septem­ber.

“That hasn’t ac­tu­ally been on my mind,” Rose said.

“It’s go­ing to be tough to get there as I’ve got a lot of points to de­fend, but I’ve just got to fo­cus on play­ing well.”

(Reuters)

Eng­land’s Ed­die Pep­perell in ac­tion dur­ing the third round of the Bri­tish Masters at Walton Heath yes­ter­day.

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