British Open golfer credits stellar final round to hangover

Most American golf fans have never heard of Eddie Pepperell.

But after what he did Sunday in the final round of the British Open, his popularity will surely be on the rise.

In Saturday’s third round, Pepperell was disappointed with his even-par 71, which left him eight shots off the lead.

In golf, it’s important to have a short memory and put mistakes behind. So the 27-year old decided to have a few drinks to dull the pain.

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“I was a little hungover, I won’t lie,” Pepperell told the media after Sunday’s round. “I had too much to drink last night. And I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn’t say a write-off, but I didn’t feel I was in the golf tournament.”

Except a funny thing happened with his hangover.

He went out and shot a 67, which would leave him tied for sixth, with some guy named Tiger Woods.

So much for shrinking in the moment.

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“Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn’t have been heartbreaking,” Pepperell said. “But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it’s a funny game.”

Pepperell knew he wouldn’t get into trouble with his coach, since the two of them were enjoying wine together Saturday night.

Not that this is a weekly training method.

“Listen, I wouldn’t always have a drink the night before,” Pepperell said. “Sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger … didn’t have a drink last night, I bet. Proper athlete.”

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Playing with Phil Mickelson, Pepperell peppered the golf course, with birdies at 3, 5 and 6.

On the back nine, he was even better, with birdies on 14 and 17 and no bogeys.

While many people might say Mickelson would be a dream partner because of his “everyman” attitude, it seems like you could have some fun with this guy.

“I’m a caddie’s dream because I don’t play practice rounds very often. I didn’t play one last week, and I didn’t play one this week,” Pepperell said.

So no practice round, drinking between rounds, finish sixth at Carnoustie, $324,166 in the bank.

Now that’s a week to remember.

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Mike is an 11-time Michigan Emmy Award winner who has spent nearly 30 years working in sports media.
Mike has spent nearly 30 years in all aspects of sports media, including on-air, 10 at ESPN and another 10 at Fox Sports Detroit. He now works as a TV agent, and lives with his family in West Bloomfield, MI.
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