Cappelen hangs on to earn first career victory

06/22/2014 4:53 PM

06/22/2014 8:16 PM

Wichita, KS ( - Sebastian Cappelen poured in a par on the 18th hole to hold off Matt Weibring by one shot to win the Air Capital Classic on Sunday.

Making his professional debut this week, Cappelen fired a final-round 66 and finished at 18-under-par 262 to earn his first career victory.

"It's opened a new door that was kind of very, very slim before," Cappelen said. "This gets me straight in on the tour and I'll be able to play tournaments out the rest of the year, which is amazing. I could never have hoped for that."

Weibring used two birdies on his final two holes to put some pressure on Cappelen, but Cappelen was able to hold on for the win.

Weibring finished in sole possession of second place with a final-round 64 at Crestview Country Club. His score tied for the second-best round of the day.

Cameron Percy, who began the day at 6-under par for the week, charged up the leaderboard with an 8-under 62 to finish tied for third at 14-under 266. He was joined in third place by Jeff Gove, who carded a 66 on Sunday.

Ryan Armour (65), amateur Ollie Schniederjans (67), Paul Claxton (67), Sung Joon Park (68) and Andres Gonzales (69) ended tied for fifth at 13-under 267.

Cappelen began the day with a 2-shot lead over Gonzales, and Cappelen remained steady for most of his round and he rebounded from mistakes when he needed to.

Starting in the final group with Gonzales, Cappelen birdied two of his first four holes. After rattling off four straight pars from the fifth, Cappelen made the turn with a birdie at the par-4 ninth to move to 17-under for the week.

Three straight pars from by Cappelen were followed by a bogey at 13. He got that shot right back with a birdie at 14, but Cappelen tripped up again at the 15th with another bogey, dropping him back to 16-under.

Still, Cappelen remained strong and went on to birdie his next two holes to take a 2-shot lead over Weibring, who was on the 18th hole.

Weibring, who had just birdied the 17th, needed to make something happen on 18 in order to put some pressure on Cappelen. Weibring made birdie on the par-4 and he forced Cappelen to make at least a par on the closing hole in order to take home the title.

The 24-year-old, who just graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was a four-time All-American, poured in his par putt to complete his magical run.

"Me and my caddie, we held it together all the way around and I made some good swings and good putts on the last holes coming in, which was huge," Cappelen said. "It's great to be done and it's an amazing feeling to be on top of the leaderboard."

NOTES: With the win, Cappelen went from no status on the Tour to fully exempt ... Before Cappelen, the last Monday qualifier to take home a Tour title as his first victory was Ted Potter Jr., who won the South Georgia Classic in 2011 ... The Tour is back in action next week at the United Leasing Championship, where Ben Martin won last year.

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