scheduled tribe. Andrews, Scotland – American Sean Crocker faced a spirited challenger from Eddie Pepperell to clinch his maiden DP World Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory at the Hero Open on Sunday.
Crocker was carded in the final of 68 at the Fairmont St Andrews, passing 22 under and a shot ahead of Pepperell, who had piled under pressure with 65.
“It’s great, but man, winning golf tournaments ain’t easy and Eddie didn’t make it that easy for me either,” Crocker told Sky Sports as he sealed the win after passing crucial passes on the last two holes.
Asked how he felt standing on a four-foot putt to win 18th place, Crocker – who missed nine straight cuts earlier this season – said: “Nervous as hell.
“I’ve felt this kind of pressure before, but this is my first pro tournament (win) so that putt looked like 20 feet and that hole looked like it was half an inch wide, but by face I knew That it’s a well-struck put and as soon as I looked up and saw it fall, I was just saying to myself ‘Don’t start crying.'”
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Crocker, who was born in Zimbabwe and raised in California, lost his two-shot overnight lead in the final round, as both Peparel and Denmark’s Oliver Hundeboll started flying, but with a birdie on sixth and from 10th. Three in the four holes and a birdie on the 18th set before Pepperel’s birdie restored his advantage before finishing nervously.
Pepperel moved up to 32nd in 2018 after his second of two victories, but struggled in recent seasons and was pleased with his first top-five place in three years.
“I’m proud,” Peparel said after eight birdies and one bogey.
“It was pretty flawless until the 9th and then it felt far from flawless for a few holes and I had to figure it out because there were some tough tee shots coming in, but I just relied on my routine and from the fairway I felt that way. played very well
“I haven’t been in this position for a long, long time, but overall I think I did a good job.”
Scotland’s David Law and Spain’s Adrian Otegui shared third place at 19-under, with Hundeboll and Sweden’s Jens Dentorp backing another stroke.