July 29, 2016
Stephan Jaeger Posts Magical 58 at Ellie Mae Classic
Tiger Woods never did it, nor did Jack Nicklaus. No one had, for that matter.
Stephan Jaeger, a 27-year-old from Germany, shot a 12-under 58 in Thursday’s opening round of this weekend’s Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward.
The 58 is the lowest score ever recorded in a regulation PGA Tour-sanctioned event. It’s the not first time it’s happened internationally, however. In 2010, Ryo Ishikawa had a 58 playing on the Japan Tour.
Jaeger capped his memorable day by sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 9th hole.
“Everything went well. I was driving the ball well, I was making everything. I got the good breaks,” Jaeger said. “Right now, I’m actually kind of happy to be done, to be honest with you. It’s very stressful for you. It’s kind of like going on the back nine on Sunday. I’m happy I performed the way I did. It was the icing on the cake, the last hole obviously.”
The 58 broke the Web.com Tour record of 59, previously held by Notah Begay III, Doug Dunakey, Jason Gore, Russell Knox and Will Wilcox. Six players have shot 59 on the PGA Tour.
Despite playing in nearly 90-degree heat, Jaeger was more than 11 strokes below the field average of 69.258. His worst hole was a three-putt par on the par-5 third.
He’d hit 12 of 13 fairways, 15 of 18 greens and had just 23 putts.
Jaeger came into the Ellie Mae at 102nd on the money. The top 25 at the end of the season will earn PGA Tour cards. The winner of the Ellie Mae will collect $108,000.
“I’d much rather be in the top 25 at the end of the year, with or without the 58,” Jaeger said.