Sean Crocker went under 22 in the final round of 68 at the Fairmont St. Andrews card; Crocker soon lost his two-shot overnight lead as both Pepperel and Denmark’s Oliver Hundeboll started flying before securing the win.
Last Updated: 31/07/22 4:38 PM
Highlights of the final round of the Hero Open from Fairmont St Andrews where Sean Crocker claimed his first DP World Tour victory.
American Sean Crocker faced a spirited challenge from Eddie Pepperell to claim his first DP World Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory at the Hero Open.
Crocker finished 22 under par in the final round of 68 at Fairmont St Andrews and a shot ahead of Pepperel, 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,” a relief Crocker told Sky Sports after the crucial cross in the final two holes sealed the victory.
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) to make the putt look like 20 feet and that hole looked like it was half an inch wide. But from 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’.
“It’s awesome and it just shows, you don’t know what this game will bring you.
“We go out there every day trying our best and we can play terrible long hours and then all of a sudden you have a week where every bounce goes my way. Putt dropped, I hit the ball beautifully and then It made me appreciate the sport I play and what I get for a living.”
Crocker soon lost his two-shot night lead as Peparel and Denmark’s Oliver Hundeboll both made flying starts, but a birdie on the sixth and three more in the four holes from the 10th restored his advantage, allowing this. Peparel’s birdie on the first 18th set set up a nervous finish.
Pepperel rose to 32nd in the world after his second of two victories in 2018 but has struggled in recent seasons and was quite pleased to finish in his first top-five in three years.
“I’m proud,” Peparel said after a round of eight birdies and just one bogey.
“It was pretty flawless until ninth and then it felt far from flawless for a few holes. 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 so. Well played
“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.
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