Eddie Pepperell in pole position at the British Masters

Lynette Rowe
October 16, 2018

Julien Guerrier is also on the same score, though the Frenchman had only completed 15 holes by the time play was suspended due to darkness.

Pepperell was able eagle the par-5 11th for the second time this week, and added another birdie at the fourth to offset two bogeys at the third and 12th holes.

Tommy Fleetwood hit a 400-yard-plus drive that took a hard bounce and rolled on and on and over the green on a par-four hole en route to a share of the first round lead at the British Masters in Surrey on Thursday. "I remember at the Scottish Open feeling very comfortable on the Sunday". I didn't feel exhausted at all.

'I played terrible in the pro-am on Wednesday, probably the worst I have in a while and wouldn't say I played great today but had that really hot run and it's great to be at the top.' Fleetwood's own round was not without incident, with his only bogey of the day coming after an errant tee shot on the par-three 17th finished in a cup holder in a buggy which had been parked to the left of the green. "I thought I was going to win all the way and I wouldn't have felt that before". "I feel like there's a lot more for me in terms of that department", said Pepperell. "If I can achieve that tomorrow, I'll be happy".

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Wallace, a three-times victor on the European Tour this year, said he had been buoyed after having a chat with victorious Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn earlier this week.

"I'm by no means the freshest I've ever been", Fleetwood said. "I basically three-putted Nos".

British Open champion Molinari, who leads Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai points list, has been suffering from a back injury since he compiled a flawless 5-0 record in Europe's Ryder Cup triumph last month. "I had a poor day but there's a weekend's golf and every shot counts at the end of the year - you never know what difference it's going to make".

Rose, who is hosting the tournament this week, was forced to cancel his pre-event media commitments because of a stomach bug and opened with a 74 that left him fighting to make the cut.

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