What a 12 months it has been for Eddie Pepperell, who has gone from fighting to rescue his tour card at Q-School this time last year to competing in this week’s European finale.
The Abingdon golfer is the only one to make it from the bottom rung of the European Tour ladder to the top as he tees off at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai today (Thursday).
Pepperell has been in top form recently and warmed up for the season’s climax with a mid-pack finish at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa.
The Frilford Heath member picked up another big cash prize as he finished joint 34th at two-over par in Sun City.
The 26-year-old, who had secured seven top-10 finishes in his previous eight events, collected just short of €50,000 in prize money.
Pepperell carded two-over par in the first two rounds to sit four-over par and tied 43rd at the midway point.
He nearly put himself in with a shout of a top-20 finish with a weekend’s best of three-under par on Saturday.
That elevated him up the leaderboard but he was unable to build on this on Sunday and finished the tournament two-over par for a share of 34th.
Pepperell tees off in Dubai today at 5.35am (GMT) against fellow Englishman Callum Shinkwin.