EDDIE Pepperell tees off at the DS Automobiles Italian Open today as he bids to put last week’s disappointment well and truly in the past.

The Abingdon golfer tied for 96th at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland, where his two-over par at the halfway stage was not enough to make the cut.

Pepperell could not find any consistency, with the first nine holes of his first round a sign of things to come.

Starting from the tenth, the Frilford Heath member carded two birdies and two bogeys to reach the turn at level-par.

He dropped more shots at the second and third holes, although a birdie at the seventh at least saw the 30-year-old end on a positive note.

Pepperell’s second round was even more erratic and he got off to a nightmare start.

A double-bogey at the par-four first was bad enough, but he followed it up with bogeys at the second and third.

Pepperell clawed himself back into contention with a birdie at the sixth and an eagle at the par-four seventh, only to then drop another shot at the eighth.

A birdie at the tenth gave hope the two-time European Tour winner would produce a big back nine, but he could only cancel out a bogey at the 16th with a birdie at the 18th.

Pepperell gets under way at 9am in Rome today, starting from the tenth alongside Australian Scott Hend and Dutch golfer Joost Luiten.