Eddie Pepperell disqualified in Turkey after running out of balls

Tanya Simon
November 11, 2019

"Eddie hit his shots to the green, then came over to tell us he had run out of balls", Kaymer told ESPN.

Hatton finished the fourth extra hole on par after missing a birdie putt before Schwab agonisingly missed his putt for par from a few feet out, with the bogey handing Hatton - who looked on in disbelief - his fourth win on the European Tour.

All three missed good birdie chances on the second extra hole and the floodlights which can illuminate the back nine at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal were turned on before the trio headed back to the 18th.

'I've actually gone back to same shape of putter I used when I won twice back in 2017 and got my first win with the year before.

Hatton had to nervously watch on as Matthias Schwab missed the chance to extend the playoff to a fifth hole after he'd made par.

Hatton looked set to seal victory after a superb pitch to two feet set up a certain birdie, but Schwab holed from 20 feet for a birdie before Kitayama missed from closer range and was eliminated.

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Hatton said: "It's so surreal".

Former US Open champion Kaymer wasn't sure if Pepperell had hit four or five balls, but thought it was five. "It's been quite a hard year in terms of things happening off course", Hatton said after securing his fourth European Tour victory.

Hatton will be back up to around 30th in the rankings thanks to his win and, and after rising to sixth in the Race to Dubai, he is now looking forward to playing in the DP World Tour Championship - as well as next year's Masters - after taking next week off to rest his troublesome wrist.

Fisher's involvement however is causing a stir after it has emerged he will now receive the full points and money he earns during the week after initially arriving as an invite due to two drop outs changing his status to first reserve.

"Sport's great when it's going well but when it's not it definitely hits home". It's such an wonderful tournament, and you know, I can't wait to get that Masters invite through the post again. "Just got to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully that will be good at the end of the week". I feel my patience is working well out there. But yeah, it was a close call. There's times where I can't help myself, but that's just me.

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