Eddie Pepperell somehow shot a 67 at the British Open while hungover

Like many people in their twenties, Eddie Pepperell just wanted a few pints to help forget a tough day at the office. And like many who have been in the same position, sometimes a few pints turns into a few too many.

But it was a Saturday night in Scotland, after all. Why not enjoy a night at the pub?

Well, maybe because the 27-year-old Pepperell had an 11:40am tee time for the final round of the British Open on Sunday and the entire golf world would be waking up early to catch the action.

We don’t know if this was the first thing to cross Pepperell’s mind when he woke up with his head pounding and body aching from a night out, but it certainly didn’t take long for him to get there.

And in a feat that will enter Carnoustie Golf Links lore, Pepperell gathered himself like a champion, shot a 67 and for a short while sat atop the leaderboard of a PGA major tournament. All while completely hungover.

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CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States walks down the 17th hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
US golfer Dustin Johnson lines up a putt on the 17th green on day one of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland on July 19, 2018. (Photo by Andy BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Tom Lehman of the United States chips in from the side of the 17th green during round one of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
Sweden's Henrik Stenson reacts to his iron shot on the 17th tee during his first round on day one of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland on July 19, 2018. (Photo by Andy BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
ANGUS, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Fans watch Russell Knox of Scotland hitting a tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Angus, Scotland. (Photo by Stan Badz/R&A/R&A/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his second shot on 15th during round one of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his second shot on the 15th hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
US golfer Kevin Kisner (L) and US golfer Zach Johnson mark their balls on the 17th green during their third rounds on day 3 of The 147th Open golf Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland on July 21, 2018. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo credit should read GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21: Jordan Spieth of the United States plays his second shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 21, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 22: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland reacts to his eagle putt on the 14th hole green during the final round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 20: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his second shot on the 2nd hole during round two of the Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 20, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 22: Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the final round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 22, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 18: Tiger Woods of the United States tosses his ball in the air on the driving range during previews to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 18, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Warren Little/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States hits a bunker shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan drops his club after a shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Tiger Woods of the United States plays a shot on the tenth hole during the first round of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 19: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays out a bunker on the 1st fairway during round one of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 19, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND - JULY 17: Dustin Johnson of the United States tees off during previews to the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie Golf Club on July 17, 2018 in Carnoustie, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Jens Dantorp of Sweden takes his tee shot on hole eighteen during day three of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at Gullane Golf Course on July 14, 2018 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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What gave away Pepperell’s hangover?

The British golfer didn’t even try to hide his pain.

As he met with the media following his final round on Sunday, Pepperell was as coy as he was honest about his night out after finishing Saturday with two bogeys in his last three holes.

Apparently the key to unlocking his game is for Pepperell to be so hypersensitive to his surroundings that he can hardly even focus on the fact that he’s playing for the Claret Jug.

The PGA is certainly not unfamiliar with its members taking to the course hungover, but to see one surge up the leaderboard will always be astounding.

How good was his round?

Pepperell hadn’t shot under 70 all week, but that started to change in his favor real quick after he sank three birdies in his first six holes. After finishing the front nine with a 34, Pepperell started to really climb the leaderboard with two more birdies on 14 and 17.

By the time he walked back into the clubhouse, he was in first place at -5 on the weekend and ready to tell the world about just how improbable his round really was.

Pepperell was ranked No. 72 in the world heading into The Open. With a few more beers, he may very well find himself vaulting up that leaderboard, too.

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