After a patchy start to his season in the US, Eddie Pepperell demonstrated yet again that he has the head for a big occassion – finishing T3rd at The Players Championship, Sawgrass.
Playing JPX919 Tour irons, T7 wedges and a new ST190 3TS fairway wood, Pepperell shot an impressive 68-66 at the weekend to come through an elite field. Pepperell has already shown an ability to thrive under the spotlight – shooting a 67 and best round on day 4 of the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie. Pepperell’s excellence at Sawgrass cements him firmly within the world’s top 50 players – with opportunities to significantly improve that ranking over the season.
Pepperell finished level with another Mizuno player Jhonattan Vegas at -14 with Mizuno’s recent form player Keith Mitchell on a credible -3. Chris Kirk also finished under par at -2 with Lucas Glover below his recent high standards at +4. Pepperell highlighted a solid week for Mizuno’s JPX919 Tour irons – the most played of all Mizuno’s models with 5 sets starting the week in play. Mitchell’s win had come with MP-18 blades.
Having finished last of in the #teammizuno ranking just a week earlier at The Arnold Palmer Invitational – Pepperell credited his improved shortgame.
I would have a hard time remembering a round in my career where my short game was as good as it was yesterday at Sawgrass. What made it quite bizarre was that my short game of late, along with pretty much every other aspect, has been really pretty ****. I thinned a simple 5 yard bunker shot in Mexico 30 yards through the green. These shots unfortunately stay with me longer than I would prefer, so it means during the period of transition from bad to good, I need to ensure I trust my technique beyond what would usually be sufficient. It would appear, that certain aspects of my game can seemingly be pretty awful one week, and surprisingly decent the next. I’ve clearly gotten better though at competing and trusting my intuition and skill when things do take an upward turn.