Jaeger shoots record-setting 58 at Ellie Mae Classic
German-born pro makes 12 birdies in nearly flawless round at TPC Stonebrae
July 28, 2016
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Stephan Jaeger stands No. 102 on the money list and is well positioned to make a sizable jump this week. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
In the history of the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, and the Web.com Tour, a round of 58 had never been shot before.
Until Thursday, that is.
Stephan Jaeger, who sits 102nd on the Web.com Tour money list, made 12 birdies and six pars on the near 7,200-yard TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California to set the mark.
“I’m really happy with the way I played, especially on the back nine,” said Jaeger. “You don’t know when those days are going to come, and they come unexpectedly. Days like this are very, very, very rare.”
There have been five previous rounds of 59 on the Web.com Tour (Doug Dunakey in 1998, Notah Begay III in 1998, Jason Gore in 2005, Will Wilcox in 2013, and Russell Knox in 2013), along with numerous other 59s on the PGA TOUR and other professional golf circuits around the globe.
However, a 58 was out of the question until Jaeger turned the trick.
Jaeger tees off Friday morning at 8:39 a.m. PT and is excited with the quick turnaround for his second round.
“Obviously I feel good about my golf game and want to keep it going. I don’t want to lose that confidence,” he explained. “Obviously the expectations are going to be different tomorrow. You’re not going to be out there and shoot 58 again; it might be a day to grind a little bit. But that’s OK.”
Stephan Jaeger shoots record 12-under 58 at the Ellie Mae Classic
There had been two 58s recorded in professional golf events prior to Thursday’s round by Jaeger. Jason Bohn did it in 2001 on Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada, and Ryo Ishikawa did it on the Japan Tour in 2010.
But still, there was some history made Thursday.
Jaeger had a late tee time – pegging it just before 2 p.m. PT – and said he arrived to the golf course a little early and spent some time on his putting and chipping. However, it wasn’t unlike any other day.
He enjoyed a prime rib sandwich for lunch, and then began a run at history.
“I’ve been playing good the last couple of weeks; it just hasn’t really clicked,” he said.
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Jaeger realizes that the tournament itself is far from over, and it’s been those weekend rounds that have been his Achilles heel.
Jaeger has only missed three cuts this season, but he hasn’t been able to get anything going in terms of finishes. He only has one top-15 on the season – a tie for 11th at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in June – but a victory this week would catapult him into The 25.
“I’ve been consistent, but I just haven’t gotten it done on Saturday or Sunday and that’s obviously where you make the money,” he explained. “The money list doesn’t show the way I’ve played. I’ve played solid, but I just haven’t gotten it done on the weekends.”
Jaeger only stands 5-foot-9, but averaged 341 yards off the tee Thursday. He also hit 92 percent of his fairways and 83 percent of his greens.
It goes without saying: everything was clicking.
“If you shoot 58, you’re going to have to putt lights-out. If you shoot that kind of number, every part of your game is going to be good,” he admitted.
Jaeger said he was looking forward to getting home to shower and have some dinner before recharging and getting back out to TPC Stonebrae for his second round.
“Once this day is done, I’m going to try, not to forget about it, but to move on. There are three more days of work to do,” he said. “To top off a round like that with a win would be a dream come true.”