EDDIE Pepperell will be followed by at least 30 supporters when he competes in the Dubai World Championship this week.

The Frilford golfer will be joined in the Middle East by family and friends, known as the Pepper Army, for the climax to the European Tour campaign which starts tomorrow.

In the penultimate event of the season, the 26-year-old came joint 34th in the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City, South Africa last weekend.

He ended on two-over-par for the tournament, 13 shots behind home player Branden Grace.

Pepperell, who had secured seven top-ten finishes in his last eight events, won almost €50,000 in prize money.

He looked like moving into contention in his third round on Saturday.

The Abingdon professional was five under par for the first eight holes, but two bogeys on the back nine saw him finish with a three-under 69 and slip back in the pack.

He did not build on this in his final round, but still picked up another substantial cheque, which places him 39th in the Race to Dubai money list, while his world ranking has risen to 142.