Eddie Pepperell thanks mum as he becomes European Tour’s first wire-to-wire champ of the season

EDDIE PEPPERELL thanked his mum for helping him become the European Tour’s first wire-to-wire champion of the season.

Pepperell flew in the face of his usual “Steady Eddie” approach as he took the Sky Sports British Masters by storm to win by two shots from Alexander Bjork.

 Eddie Pepperell defied his reputation for steady play to win the Scottish Masters

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Eddie Pepperell defied his reputation for steady play to win the Scottish Masters

Yesterday he holed out from 122 yards for a crucial eagle at the tenth hole.

That came on the heels of a three-putt bogey that cut his three-shot overnight lead to just one over playing partner Bjork.

But Pepperell’s two on the par-four tenth restored the Oxford golfer’s three-shot cushion and a level-par 72 in the cold and wet conditions was good enough to earn victory and a cheque for £500,000.

That telling blow revived memories of his hole in one during the first round when his tee shot landed in the hole, bounced out on to the flag and span back in.

 Eddie Pepperell found cold comfort when his mum gave him mittens for his hands

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Eddie Pepperell found cold comfort when his mum gave him mittens for his hands
 Eddie Pepperell holed in from 122 yards for a crucial eagle at the tenth hole

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Eddie Pepperell holed in from 122 yards for a crucial eagle at the tenth hole

But Pepperell, 27, said his mother Marian deserved most credit for his latest bit of magic.

He said: “I was struggling to keep my hands warm and my mother handed me a pair of mittens on the tenth tee.

“Mums always know best!”

Pepperell has enjoyed a incredible resurgence since losing his European Tour card in 2016.

 Eddie Pepperell will be world No 33 after being No 513 less than 18 months ago

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Eddie Pepperell will be world No 33 after being No 513 less than 18 months ago

He wept after that setback but regained his playing rights at qualifying school and clinched a breakthrough win at the Qatar Masters earlier this year.

This second victory will lift him to world No 33 having been No 513 less than 18 months ago.

And it ensures him a tilt at The Masters itself at Augusta in April.

England’s CHARLEY HULL came second at the KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea, three shots off home favourite Chun In-gee.

EDDIE PEPPERELL thanked his mum for helping him become the European Tour’s first wire-to-wire champion of the season.