Pepperell misses the cut again after a good start

Eddie Pepperell

Abingdon golfer Eddie Pepperell probably thought his 2017 could only improve on a disastrous 2016 that ended with a trip to Spain for qualification school to keep his European Tour card.

The 26-year-old endured a torrid second half of last year, missing the cut in seven of his eight tournaments from August to October.

But any hopes to climb the European and world rankings can, so far, be condemned to an unfulfilled new year’s resolution as the Frilford Heath member’s form this season has been akin to that of 2016.

Pepperell’s 2017 campaign, which started in December, has involved six missed cuts from seven competitions – the latest a T96 finish at last week’s Open de Portugal.

After carding a par in his first round, which was disrupted by thunderstorms, he recorded -1 for his second round and for the tournament to narrowly miss the cut by two shots.

Pepperell had a whirlwind second round that included five birdies and four bogeys.

Heading towards the clubhouse, he was at -4 and comfortably inside the cut-line. But disaster struck when he dropped three shots in the final five holes for a total of 145.

Englishman Matt Wallace won the title with a score of -21, three shots ahead of his closest rivals Julian Suri.

Pepperell tees off at the Rocco Forte Open in Verdura, Sicily today.

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