Betfred British Masters: Eddie Pepperell Leads By One After Three Rounds

Eddie Pepperell
Eddie Pepperell plays his shot on the 16th hole during round three of The Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry on May 14, 2021 in Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington via Getty Images)

Eddie Pepperell carded a third-round 68 and will enter Saturday’s finale of the Betfred British Masters with a one-stroke lead.

The Englishman, who won the event in 2018, finished his third day at The Belfry with just one bogey against five birdies including a final-hole gain to reach 10-under par, and break away from a congested pack.

Despite the 54-hole pole position, Pepperell will not show up tomorrow overly confident.

“I’ve been awful, to be honest, so I don’t feel that confident,” said Pepperell, who owns two career wins, both coming in his 2018 breakout season.

“I’ve still got things going on in the swing that I can feel aren’t where they once were and can cause me aggro so the game still feels difficult.

“I can remember the game feeling easier when I was playing better a few years ago but that’s where I’m trying to get back to and I’m confident I will.

“I feel good, I feel really calm, I’m quite enjoying generally hitting better shots. I’m having a good time out on the course but I’m very much still in the process.

That logjammed pack features six players at T2 on 9-under par, including Scotsman Robert MacIntyre (70) and Italian Edoardo Molinari, who carded a tournament-low 64.

MacIntyre’s compatriot, Calum Hill (70), and another Italian in Guido Migliozzi (67) were also at 9 under, as was South African Dean Burmester (65) and Arian Meronk (65) of Poland.

Englishmen Dave Coupland (68) and Andy Sullivan (68) were 8 under alongside South Africa’s Justin Harding (70) and Austrian Matthias Schwab (67).

Tournament host Danny Willett (68) was among a group of five more at 7 under.

2021 Betfred British Masters

Top-5 Leaders: Round 3
Pos-Player-To Par-(Rd 3)
1. Eddie Pepperell -10 (-4)
2. Edoardo Molinari -9 (-8)
2. Dean Burmester -9 (-7)
2. Arian Meronk -9 (-7)
2. Guido Migliozzi -9 (-5)
2. Robert MacIntyre -9 (-2)
2. Calum Hill -9 (-2)

Material from the European Tour Communications was used to compile this report.


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