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Travel sickness: Eddie Pepperell is pleased to be back in Europe
Travel sickness: Eddie Pepperell is pleased to be back in Europe

By Phil Casey

Eddie Pepperell will defend his British Masters title on a diet of "proper meat and veg" after the end of his first sustained spell on the PGA Tour.

Pepperell finished third in the prestigious Players Championship at Sawgrass and also made the cut on his Masters debut at Augusta National but is happy to be back home for his first European Tour title defence at Hillside.

"It was a good experience to be out there but I was more than ready to get home - my body was a bit beaten up from the travel," said the World No.37.

"The one thing I realised when I spend a lot of time over there is how much I love Europe, all the places we travel to.

"Listen, the events were brilliant and I really enjoyed testing myself in that environment on those courses, but it was just nice to come home and eat proper veg and proper meat and just the things that we have over here that maybe we don't have over there."

Meanwhile, European captain Padraig Harrington has opted for three wild cards instead of four for next year's Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

Nine players will qualify automatically for the team via points earned in tournaments starting with the 2019 BMW PGA Championship and ending at the same event in September 2020.

Harrington will then select three wild cards to complete the team which will defend the trophy won in comprehensive fashion in Paris last year.

The three-time Major winner said: "I have said on many occasions that one of the reasons for recent European success in the Ryder Cup is continuity.

"Having said that, I am pleased that the (European Tour) tournament committee agreed to the change of wild card numbers.

"I have spoken to a number of people regarding the ninth player automatically qualifying for the team and, in my experience, a player is more comfortable when he has qualified, hence my reasoning behind this change."

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