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Jaeger shoots record 12-under 58

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POSTED July 28, 2016 11:40 p.m.

HAYWARD (AP) — Stephan Jaeger shot a 12-under 58 on Thursday in the Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic to match the lowest score in major tour play.

The 27-year-old German player finished with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth at TPC Stonebrae.

“It went in a little fast for my liking,” Jaeger said about his final putt. “On a day like that, it’ll go in.”

Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa also shot a 12-under 58 to win the 2010 Crowns on the Tour. Jaeger broke the Tour record of 59 held by Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey, Jason Gore, Will Wilcox and Russell Knox. Six players have shot 59 in official PGA Tour events.

“Everything went well,” Jaeger said. “I was driving the ball well. I was making everything. I got the good breaks.”

He was thinking about breaking 60.

“It pretty much was in my head the whole back nine,” Jaeger said.

Josh Teater, Xander Schauffele and Rhein Gibson were tied for second at 62.

Jaeger came to the United States as a foreign exchange student in 2006. He went to high school for two years in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and played in college at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The three-time Southern Conference player of the year played both nines in 6-under 29. He birdied Nos. 11, 13-17 on his opening nine, and Nos. 1-2, 4-6 and 9 on his second nine. He got up-and-down for par on the par-4 seventh and barely missed a 30-footer on the par-4 eighth.

“Even the bad shots, I’d get a good bounce and have like 15 feet and I’d hole that,” Jaeger said.

His worst hole was a three-putt par on the par-5 third.

“Other than that, everything went my way,” Jaeger said.

Jaeger is 102nd on the money list, with the top 25 at end of the season earning PGA Tour cards. The winner Sunday will get $108,000.

“I’d much rather be in the top 25 at the end of the year, with or without the 58,” Jaeger said.


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