Eddie Pepperell finished tied for sixth at The Open over the weekend. The 27-year-old did so on the back of 67 in his final round at Carnoustie.
Pepperell had ended his third round with frustration, he carded two bogeys in his final three holes on Saturday as he finished level par.
Speaking after Sunday's round, Pepperell admitted he'd had a few drinks to ease his annoyance with the mistakes.
"I was a little hungover, I won't lie," said Pepperell.
I had too much to drink last night.
And I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament.
Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So, you know, it's a funny game.
He had come into the tournament in good form after finishing second at the Scottish Open a week previous.
Pepperell picked up some confidence on the range prior to the fourth round. He was striking the ball better than he had all week. That combined with the excitement of getting to play with Phil Mickelsen buoyed him.
"It wasn't that late," said Pepperell about his Saturday night.
"It was probably 11, half 11. It wasn't too bad. [It was] just some wine.
"I was at the IMG house. I was just there with my coach and I drowned my sorrows for half an hour and we had a good chat with a few people. It was enjoyable, it was a nice time.
"That performance [taps head], that's what matters. Listen, I wouldn't always have a drink the night before; sometimes I have a few drinks. Tiger's minus seven, he didn't have a drink last night, he's a proper athlete."
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