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Like many people in their twenties, Eddie Pepperell just wanted a few pints to help forget a tough day at the office. And like many who have been in the same position, sometimes a few pints turns into a few too many.
But it was a Saturday night in Scotland, after all. Why not enjoy a night at the pub?
Well, maybe because the 27-year-old Pepperell had an 11:40am tee time for the final round of the British Open on Sunday and the entire golf world would be waking up early to catch the action.
We don’t know if this was the first thing to cross Pepperell’s mind when he woke up with his head pounding and body aching from a night out, but it certainly didn’t take long for him to get there.
And in a feat that will enter Carnoustie Golf Links lore, Pepperell gathered himself like a champion, shot a 67 and for a short while sat atop the leaderboard of a PGA major tournament. All while completely hungover.
What gave away Pepperell’s hangover?
The British golfer didn’t even try to hide his pain.
As he met with the media following his final round on Sunday, Pepperell was as coy as he was honest about his night out after finishing Saturday with two bogeys in his last three holes.
Apparently the key to unlocking his game is for Pepperell to be so hypersensitive to his surroundings that he can hardly even focus on the fact that he’s playing for the Claret Jug.
The PGA is certainly not unfamiliar with its members taking to the course hungover, but to see one surge up the leaderboard will always be astounding.
How good was his round?
Pepperell hadn’t shot under 70 all week, but that started to change in his favor real quick after he sank three birdies in his first six holes. After finishing the front nine with a 34, Pepperell started to really climb the leaderboard with two more birdies on 14 and 17.
By the time he walked back into the clubhouse, he was in first place at -5 on the weekend and ready to tell the world about just how improbable his round really was.
Pepperell was ranked No. 72 in the world heading into The Open. With a few more beers, he may very well find himself vaulting up that leaderboard, too.
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