Cappelen holds on to win Air Capital Classic
June 22, 2014
By Royce Thompson, PGATOUR.COM
- Sebastian Cappelen’s driver was on fire during Sunday’s final round, averaging 321.5 yards off the tee. (Photo courtesy of Twitter/@WebDotComTour)
WICHITA, Kan. – With a two-putt par from just off the 18th green, Sebastian Cappelen became the second Monday Qualifier to win the Air Capital Classic presented by aetna on its 25th anniversary on the Web.com Tour. In his first tournament as a professional, Cappelen fired a 4-under par 66 in the final round at Crestview Country Club to post 18-under 262. On Sunday afternoon, the 24-year-old rookie became the first Dane to win on the Web.com Tour.
The $108,000 first-place prize puts the former University of Arkansas Razorback at No.15 on the Regular Season money list.
Matt Weibring (64), who birdied the last two holes in his final round, turned in a gutsy performance but came up one short at 17-under 263.
In a tie for third are Cameron Percy (62) and Jeff Gove (66).
Cappelen stayed in the zone and kept to his routine on Sunday afternoon. The Arkansas resident stood on the 17th tee and watched Weibring make a birdie that placed him one-stroke back from the lead momentarily. As Weibring was walking to the 18th tee, Cappelen hit his shot on No. 17 to six-feet past the cup. Cappelan then made the birdie putt and celebrated with a fist pump with his caddie. From there Cappelen went to 18 with a two-sroke cushion that was cut to one when Weibring birdied the 72nd hole. Cappelen once again answered Weibring’s punch by hitting it just off the green in two. After two putting for the win, Cappelen couldn’t help but think about everything that this victory meant to him and his family.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s kind of a dream come true for me right now. It’s what I needed to do in this moment.”
Cappelen’s plans now change as he is fully exempt on Tour for the remainder of the season. When Cappelen first arrived in Fayetteville, he had some very lofty goals for himself.
“It’s what I always dreamt about,” he said. “Coming over here and trying to be the first Danish person to make it over here in America, standing out in any way I can. Trying to be the first at something is what I want to do.”
Weibring couldn’t be too disappointed after coming up one short of getting into a playoff. The Georgia Tech alum spent much of 2013 sidelined with Bell’s palsy, not to mention he had shoulder surgery at the end of last summer. Through nine events this season, Weibring had only made four cuts with his best finish, a T29, coming at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship presented by Claro. Sitting at No. 131 on the money list coming into this week, Weibring knew the rest of his year was up in the air. The 34-year old pro has solidified his position in the reshuffle and can carry this momentum into the rest of the season.
“I haven’t played that well this year,” he said. “It was nice to get in the mix again. Hopefully this is a springboard for me going into the rest of the summer.”
Sebastian Cappelen interview after winning Air Capital Classic
FINAL ROUND NOTES:
• Sunday weather: Mostly sunny. Wind SSW 10-15 mph gusting to 20 mph. Daytime high 88F.
• Sebastian Cappelen went from no status on the Web.com Tour to fully exempt with his victory on Sunday.
• Cappelen has recorded 14 of his 22 birdies on the back nine this week.
• Cappelen played the par-5s in 8-under for the week.
• Ted Potter Jr., was the last Monday qualifier to win on the Web.com Tour with his victory at the South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Company in 2011. Twenty players have advanced through and gone on to win the tournament
• Ben Crane was the first Monday Qualifier to win the Air Capital Classic in 2000.
• Cappelen becomes the 14th player to win in their first start on Tour. The last was Ben Kohles at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in 2012
• Matt Weibring’s runner-up finish moves him up to No. 33 on the money list. This is Weibring’s best finish on Tour since the Mylan Classic in 2012 (T2).
• This is the first tournament since the 2012 Albertson’s Boise Open where Weibring has posted four rounds in the 60’s.
• Cameron Percy chipped in for par on his 72nd hole and fired 8-under par 62. This is the lowest final-round score that Percy has recorded in his career on Tour.
• Percy’s round in detail: 9 of 14 fairways, 17 of 18 greens, 26 putts.
• Percy’s T3 moves him from No. 42 on the money list to No.21. His previous best finish, a T9, this season came at the Cleveland Open.
“I had downhill putts instead of easier putts. I just felt like all day I had a perfect number, I had a full swing to the pins. I hit a lot of close shots and holed a lot of long putts when I needed to. I was trying to get to 16-under, so I was trying to shoot 10-under. I just couldn’t get it in the hole the last four holes, Just didn’t hit it close enough probably.”
• Jeff Gove posted his lowest final round score of the season on Sunday. Gove’s bogey-free 4-under par 66 included an eagle at the par-5 14th.
• Gove moves up to No. 49 on the money list.
• Iron play was definitely Gove’s strength this week as he ranked tied for second this week hitting 57 of 72 greens in regulation.
• The T3 this week is Gove’s best finish on Tour since the 2011 Utah Championship.
“Well this was huge for me. I had to play well this week because of the reshuffle, so this gets me in the rest of the way. This was very encouraging and I felt good every day. I still got to get my putts to th hole, I left a few short today. I’m hitting the ball well again and the confidence is coming back. I’ve done this enough times, I know what it takes. This just solidifies that I can play”
• Ollie Schniederjans aced the par-3 8th with a 6-iron from 197 yards. Schniederjans posted 3-under 67 and finished T5, the highest finish by an amateur at this event.
• Cory Whitsett made his pro debut this week in Wichita. Whitsett posted 5-under 275 for the week and finished T38. While Whitsett did not end the tournament inside the top 25 he is in the field for next week’s United Leasing Championship presented by PTI. Whitsett will tee it up at Victoria National Golf Club and a sponsor’s invitee with hopes of playing his way in to more tournaments on the Web.com Tour.
“I have to play where I can get in. Hopefully I can play in some events here and there. I just feel like the Web.com Tour Finals are setup for guys like me who just got out of school, to qualify for and get your TOUR card that way. People are saying that you can’t get a card through Q-School, but you really can. You can make that you Q-School, and that’s kind of the idea that I’ve had. I feel like it’s a good way to go about it.”
• Three past champions made the cut this week, here are their final results:
Brad Elder (1999, 2007) 64-70-69-71—274 T28 Scott Parel (2013) 67-70-68-69--274 T28 Casey Wittenberg (2012) 71-67-69-72—279 T59
• Bogey-free rounds this week:
RD1 – Aaron Watkins (63), Gavin Coles (64), Blayne Barber (65), Andres Gonzales (65), Jimmy Gunn (67), Steven Alker (68), Kyle Stough (69)
RD2 – Rob Oppenheim (63), Jeff Gove (64), Matt Weibring (65), Oscar Frautro (66), Nick Rousey (66), Chris Baker (67), Jose de Jesus Rodriguez (67)
RD3 – Sung Joon Park (64), Sebastian Cappelen (65), Ryan Armour (65), Andres Gonzales (66), Josh Broadaway (67), Andres Echevarria (68)
RD4 – Cameron Percy (62), Matt Weibring (64), Ryan Armour (65),
• Scoring averages for the week:
Front (35) Back (35) Total (70) Round 1 35.244 34.891 70.135 Round 2 34.885 34.647 69.532 Round 3 34.681 34.246 68.928 Round 4 34.913 34.333 69.246 Total 34.982 34.622 69.604
NEXT WEEK: The Web.com Tour travels to Evansville, Ind., for the United Leasing Championship presented by PTI at Victoria National Golf Club June 23-30. In a Monday finish, Ben Martin earned his first career title in a playoff victory over Ashley Hall, Billy Hurley and Joe Affrunti when he two-putted the first extra hole for par.