Stephan Jaeger breaks another Web.com Tour record
HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) Stephan Jaeger broke yet another Web.com Tour record Saturday in the Ellie Mae Classic and shot a 6-under 64 at TPC Stonebrae to increase his lead to seven strokes.
Two days after opening with a 12-under 58 to break the Web.com mark and match the lowest score on a substantial tour, the 27-year-old German player reached 23-under 187 to break the tour's 54-hole record for strokes and fall one short of the mark for relation to par.
Jaeger broke the mark of 189 set by Martin Piller last year in his Boise Open victory. Jaeger was one off the par mark of 24 under set by Arjun Atwal in the 2008 Chattanooga Classic and matched by Tommy Gainey in the 2010 Chiquita Classic and Piller in Boise. On Friday, Jaeger broke the 36-hole mark at 123 and, at 17 under, was two strokes off the record for relation to par.
On Saturday, Jaeger played the three par-5 holes in 4 under with an eagle on the 15th and two birdies. On the 15th, he hit a 3-wood to 10 feet to set up the eagle putt.
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.
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 at Tennessee-Chattanooga, where he was a three-time Southern Conference player of the year.
Xander Schauffele and Matt Atkins were tied for second at 16 under. They each shot 64.
Brandon Hagy and Rhein Gibson each shot 67 to reach 15 under
Eric Axley and Keith Michell were 14 under after the best rounds of the day. Axley holed out from the fairay for eagle on the par-4 18th for a 60, and Mitchell birdied the final three for a 61.
Stanford senior Maverick McNealy had a 78 to drop to 67th at 1 over. The top-ranked amater in the world, he opened with rounds of 67 and 66.