Eddie Pepperell must have mixed memories of Portugal Masters after missing the cut and losing his card in 2016. However, this year he appears to have found an innovative way to motivate himself, wagering Martin Kaymer about appearing on the Television Show First Dates.
Pepperell’s record at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course is actually more up than down. Admittedly, losing your card after missing the cut by double bogeying the 36th hole must hurt but he regained his playing privileges at the first time of asking, has claimed two European victories and finished third here in 2017 before coming second last season.
After a bogey free 66 on Friday, he is right in the mix again. “I felt a little more comfortable with my swing so it’s a solid round, to be honest, and I’m continuing a nice run of form at this place,” he said.
Pepperell who is tied for 5th on 9 under and ever the joker in the pack, came up with an innovative way to keep himself motivated. Playing alongside Martin Kaymer the Englishman offered his Major winning playing partner a wager, if Pepperell went lower than Kaymer, he would apply for the German to go on the television show First Dates. Pepperell went four shots better than Kaymer, who is tied in 19th on 5 under. And Eddie took no time holding the former World Number One to the bet.
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) October 25, 2019
For those who are not familiar, First Dates and its sister show First Dates Hotel pair up a couple on a blind date, over dinner, and then viewers voyeuristically watch the impending cringefest, particularly when it comes to choosing who pays the bill!
One of the team at GolfPunk Towers offered up this as anexample of the participants. Enjoy!
— First Dates ❤️ (@FirstDates) October 18, 2019
And another thing…