It was just some wine in the IMG house, and I was there with my coach.
After shooting a disappointing 71 in good conditions on Saturday, Pepperell sat at a 1 under heading into the final day of the tournament. "As it happens, I shot 67, so it's a amusing game".
The English professional admitted he'd had "too much to drink last night" before shooting a final-round found under par 67 that helped him to a share of sixth place and a payout of $NZ558,000 on Sunday (NZT Monday).
"I was a little hungover, I won't lie", the honest Brit said in his post-round presser. I play my best golf.
The 27-year-old, who collected his maiden European Tour title in Qatar earlier this year, carded five birdies and just one dropped shot to close on five under par. I think it depends on how you feel.
"I've managed my game exceptionally well today because I knew on certain tee shots I wasn't going to hit a great tee shot, so I played for the rough and I played for missing the bunkers".
"And whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking".
"Listen, I love Phil".
On his decision not to play any practice rounds: "I'm a caddie's dream because I don't play practice rounds very often". I just like to socialise in the evenings really - it certainly takes some of the pressure and the sting away from competitive golf because it's stressful.
On his birdie putt at the last: "Desperately trying to hole it but desperately thinking, well, I could easily wipe this three foot past, and the last thing I want to do is leave myself a three-footer at Carnoustie in front of 10,000 people".
Needless to say, Pepperell did not raise the subject when paired with Mickelson on Sunday.