Sebastian Cappelen capped off a remarkable run with a win at the Air Capital Classic. The Denmark native shot a final round 66 to finish 18-under for the tournament.
Matt Weibring wouldn't let Cappelen cruise. Weibring finished one-stroke behind the former SEC individual championship at 17-under.
Weibring and Cappelen dueled to a furious finish. Weibring sent the crowd into a frenzy with a birdie putt on 17 to move to 16-under. Cappelen was picking up a birdie of his own on the 16th to keep a one-stroke lead at 17-under.
"I was feeling good about my game, all the way around," said Cappelen. "I knew I had it, I just had to stay patient and wait for the shots to be there."
When Cappelen came through the 17th, he attacked the pin off the tee. The shot landed close, leaving a birdie putt that all but sealed it, giving Cappelen a two-stroke lead at 18-under.
Weibring birdied the 18th to keep things interesting, but Cappelen sealed the win with a par on the final hole.
"I'm proud of myself, the way I finished," said Weibring, "birdying the last two holes and making him earn it here on the last hole."
Cameron Percy--who shot a spectacular 62 on Sunday--is tied for third place with Jeff Gove at 14-under.
For Cappelen, there was no guarantee he would qualify for the Air Capital Classic, much less make a run at the winner's circle. After paying $450 to enter a Monday qualifying tournament, he was forced into a playoff, where he barely survived to enter the field.
But after today, the return on the initial investment is a check for $108,000, and an exemption on the Web.com Tour for the rest of this year and next year as well.
"I'm definitely in the right position to do what I want to do with my life," said Cappelen. "I know I can do it now. Hopefully I didn't have to prove that to myself, but it is always nice to give that certainty to yourself and know you can do it."
The former University of Arkansas golfer is no stranger to success. He won the SEC individual championship in 2013 and is UA's all-time leader in stroke average (72).
Ollie Schneiderjans, the NCAA individual runner-up at Prairie Dunes, made a run on the final day. Although the amateur came up short at 13-under, he had the shot of the tournament on Sunday. After three-putting for bogey on the seventh hole, Schneiderjans bounced back with an ace on the eighth.
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