England's Pepperell edges Fisher for maiden European Tour title


BC-GLF-Qatar Masters, 389 Fisher and Pepperell share lead at Qatar MastersOliver Fisher birdied his last four holes in the Qatar Masters third round to share the lead at Doha Golf Club on Saturday.

Pepperell, 27, who has yet to win on the European Tour, carded a 66.

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Fisher's round consisted of birdies on the third, fifth and eighth and he followed that up with five more gains on the 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th while dropping his only shot of the day at the 12th.

Pepperell is one of the most erudite players on the European Tour.

The pair have not enjoyed the best of starts to the season, with six missed cuts from ten combined events, but they found their form in the Qatari capital and will head into today at 16 under, two shots clear of American Sean Crocker.

Fisher, whose sole European Tour win to date came in the 2011 Czech Open, told European Tour Productions: "It went all the way to the last hole, which I guess after my front nine is what I was hoping for".

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Pepperell took a share of top spot on the first hole and maintained that position until Fisher finished with four birdies in a row to card a 65 and set the clubhouse target at 16 under. "I'm good friends with Eddie so hopefully we'll have a bit of fun out there", he said.

Pepperell, who chipped in for a bogey on the same hole in round three after hitting the rocks three times, joked: "They can bomb (that hole) if they want".

At the closing 589-yard, par-five 18th, both reached the green in three shots, with Pepperell 25 feet from the pin, while Fisher was just over three yards away.

"What a day", he said.

Stephen Gallacher had only been a shot off the pace before play started yesterday but he ended the day on eight under - eight shots adrift of Fisher and Pepperell - after a poor 74 that included four bogeys.

Sweden's Marcus Kinhult took third place after finishing at 16-under with 68 in the final round, one stroke ahead of Spanish duo Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Pablo Larrazabal, Frenchman Gregory Havret and Italian Renato Paratore.

England's David Horsey is among those chasing the leaders on 12 under in joint fourth place, with fellow English pair James Morrison and Chris Wood a further shot back.