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Grinder Rob Oppenheim fired a 6-under-par 64 to come from six shots off the pace and win the Air Capital Classic Sunday in Wichita, KS . The win was the first for this 35 year old Web.com player from Salem, MA.

It was the best final round of ‘Opps’ career, putting him in the clubhouse  well ahead, (over an hour), of the final pairing at the Crestview Country Club.  Rob’s final round 64 shot him into the lead at -13/267 and was worth $108,000 in earnings. It also launched Oppenheim from 70th to 13th on the Web.com’s all important money list.

It took 129 career starts and a lot of frustration, practice and patience to earn the win. Until Sunday, his is best finish was a T4 at the 2012 Chile Classic and the 2014 South Georgia Classic. The best comment Oppenheim made after the field had finished and he was declared the winner was; “You never know out here”. And I would add; “You just keep moving forward.”

Rob maintained his focus on the task at hand-one shot at a time-as he was deeply entrenched, I’m sure, in that zone all players experience at one time or another and usually when we least expect it. He turned the front nine in 3 under par, added another birdie at No. 11 and punctuated his round with a 25-foot eagle putt at No. 14.

Out there competing since 2007, Rob Oppenheim exemplifies the drive necessary to play competitive golf. He’s never given up on himself. I am reasonably sure with the help and support of his wife Lacey and his entire family, Rob has been able to persevere. He has kept moving forward quietly- grinding away week after week. The closest Rob has come to that magical Top 25 money list number and gateway for PGA status was 42nd in 2012. That all ended Sunday with his great win and finish at the Air Capital Classic.

Rob Oppenheim has made it to the winner’s circle after a long journey. And it is only the beginning.

NEGM congratulates Rob, Lacey and daughter Zoey.