Cappelen grabs overnight lead

Sebastian Cappelen will go into the second round of the PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship with a two shot lead after Thursday’s first round in Jackson, Mississippi.

The round was Cappelen’s first ever on the PGA Tour, but he was not overawed by
the moment and carded a seven-under 65 to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Starting on the back nine, Cappelen bogeyed the first hole but went on fire to seven birdies on the rest of the Country Club of Jackson course.

The Dane told the PGA Tour website that it wasn’t the first time he’d finished the round as leader after starting with a bogey.

“I couldn’t be happier, to be honest. Obviously, I came here just trying to get a new experience and get a feel of how it feels like to play on the real Tour and I had a great time out there today,” he said.

“That’s usually how it is for me when I have a good round. I usually start with a bogey on the first hole, and then just kind of like, ‘OK, I’ve got to get going.'”

Cappelen missed out on earning his PGA Tour card last year and needed a sponsor exemption to make the field in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Three players trail the 24-year-old on five-under after carding 67’s on Thursday. American Robert Streb shot two birdies on the front nine, four on the back nine and a bogey on the 18.

Canadian Nick Taylor fired two bogeys on the front nine, four on the back and went bogey free throughout the round to claim his share of second place.

While Scot Pinckney carded three birdies and a bogey and four birdies and a bogey on the front and back nines respectively.