Sean Crocker holds off Eddie Pepperell to win Hero Open

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American Sean CrockerHeld off a fierce challenge from Eddie PepperellHis first European tour title was won with a win in the Hero Open on Sunday.

Crocker finished Fairmont St Andrews 22-under par, one shot ahead Pepperell, who had added pressure with a closing 65.

Crocker stated that while it was cool, winning a tournament of golf is not an easy task and Eddie did not make it easy for me, Crocker said to Sky Sports.

Crocker, who missed nine in a row earlier in the season, answered questions about how he felt standing at four-foot putt for victory on the 18th.

Ive never felt pressure like that before, but its my first professional tournament. [win]That putt looked 20 feet long and the hole seemed half an inch wide. But I knew right away that it was well-struck and I was just trying to tell myself not to cry when I saw it drop.

Crocker, who was raised in California and born in Zimbabwe, lost his two-shot overnight lead in the final round. Pepperell, Denmarks Oliver Hundeboll, and Denmarks Oliver Hundeboll made strong starts. But Crockers birdie of the sixth and three more on the 10th gave him an advantage. Then Pepperells birdie to the 18th set up an anxious finish.

After the second of his 2018 wins, Pepperell ranked 32nd. He has struggled in recent years and was happy to achieve his first top-five finish in 3 years.

Pepperell declared, I am proud.

It was flawless up until the ninth hole, when it felt a little sloppy for a few holes. But I was able to trust my routines and I felt great from the fairway.

I haven’t been in this job for a long time, but I believe I did a good work.

Scotlands David LawSpains Adrian OtaeguiThird place shared with Hundeboll, Swedens Jens DantorpAnother stroke back.

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