HAYWARD, Calif. — Stephan Jaeger shot a 12-under 58 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, the first 58 in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event.
Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa shot the only other 58 in major tour play with a 12-under to win the 2010 Crowns on the Japan Tour.
The 27-year-old Jaeger, of Germany, 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.”
“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.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.