Ed­die is no great fan of the Rolex Se­ries im­bal­ance

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Focus On Golf - By Adam Lani­gan SPORT@SUNDAYPOST.COM

The Rolex Se­ries re­sumes next week on the Euro­pean Tour with the Ital­ian Open now one of the tour­na­ments with a bumper $7m prize fund.

Just like at the French, Ir­ish and Scot­tish Opens dur­ing the sum­mer – and the BMW PGA Cham­pi­onship before that – one good week could make a huge dif­fer­ence to a player’s sea­son.

The con­trast in prize money be­tween the Rolex Se­ries and ordinary Tour events is stag­ger­ing, so the same level of per­for­mance is not be­ing recog­nised.

It is also cre­at­ing a false pic­ture on the Race to Dubai about the qual­ity of golf that has been played over the sea­son.

Ed­die Pep­perell seems to think so. He had to go back to Q-School 12 months ago af­ter a bad sea­son, but kept his card.

How­ever, his lowly cat­e­gory has meant his chances in the Rolex Se­ries events have been lim­ited.

Out­side of those, the English golfer has played well, with three top-five fin­ishes in his last four tour­na­ments.

De­spite that, he still sits only just in­side the top 60 on the Race to Dubai, and he won­ders whether the im­bal­ance in prize money is dis­tort­ing the sea­son.

“I earned nearly twice as much for com­ing 23rd in Paris as I did for com­ing fifth at the Czech Open,” he says.

“Per­son­ally, I don’t think the Or­der of Merit is an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of the level of golf that some­body has played over the course of a year. But it is what it is.

“The Rolex Se­ries events have such large purses that, if you do well in one of those, it cer­tainly makes your mort­gage re­pay­ments a bit eas­ier!”

Pep­perell’s sea­son turned a cor­ner when he se­cured a place at the US Open in June and grabbed a cred­itable tie for 16th at Erin Hills.

That was just his 10th start of the year, and it’s the un­pre­dictable sched­ule that he finds dif­fi­cult to ac­cept.

“That was the most frus­trat­ing thing,” he rues. “You sim­ply don’t get the same play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“For­tu­nately, I had a cou­ple of good re­sults, like the US Open, which got me into the French Open. With­out that, my sum­mer would have been very bare.

“I didn’t even get into some of the events in South Africa ear­lier in the year. That is be­yond me. But you have to make the most of a bad sit­u­a­tion. I’ve done that this year which is some­thing I’m proud of, but it’s hard for the Q-School guys.

“I’m cer­tainly happy that I’m not go­ing back there this year.”

Ed­die Pep­perell at the Old Course for the Dun­hill Links.

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