Not part of The Open field and all set for radio commentary work at Carnoustie until he was runner-up in the Scottish Open four days earlier, Pepperell set the clubhouse target with a closing best-of-the-day 67.
Eventually finished joint sixth with Tiger Woods and Kevin Chappell, but that secured his place at Royal Portrush.
Maiden European Tour success came earlier in the 2018 season at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, where he beat fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher by one, and in September he added the British Masters to climb into the game’s top 35.
Could easily have broken his duck at the 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, but lost a three-man play-off. Nevertheless, that earned him his Open debut two weeks later.
A year after being runner-up to Tom Lewis in the British Boys Championship, they were teammates for England at The Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur Championship in 2010.
After failing to win a Tour card Pepperell’s first breakthrough came when he received an invitation to a Challenge Tour event in France in 2012 and won it.
Stood 481st in the world at the time but he entered the top 60 for the first time after the 2018 Open.