EDDIE Pepperell managed a place in the top 25 at the Soudal Open in Belgium.

A strong first day saw the Frilford Heath member finish three-under par, following half a dozen birdies, while three bogeys were something of a dampener.

In rounds two and three, Pepperell finished one-under par on both days. He holed further birdies on the fifth, 11th and 16th, plus bogeys on the second and sixth during the second round, before he hit two birdies and a bogey in round three.

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Pepperell saved his best score for the final day, achieving four-under par thanks to five birdies, including three in success between holes 15 and 17.

A single bogey during the final round meant he ended the tournament in 22nd and nine-under par.

Pepperell returned to action earlier this month, finishing ninth at the Italian Open, having previously last finished a tournament in December, when he was 17th at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa.

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The 32-year-old took almost three months off after the Singapore Classic in February, and used a simulator to work on his game.

He told the European Tour website: “I can spend more time practising which is helpful, you can go in at a whim and do what you want if you think you need to do something.

“I’m hopeful I could have a good six-month spell of playing golf.”

Pepperell is next in action at the Dutch Open, which gets underway on May 24.