Keeping Score

Ace powers Stephan Jaeger into Corales Puntacana lead

After so-so start, German rallies for 6-under 66 at Dominican Republic’s Corales Golf Club in PGA Tour’s opposite-field event

66: First-round score for Germany’s Stephan Jaeger, who opened a one-stroke lead Thursday at the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. Starting on the back nine at Corales Golf Club, Jaeger found himself even par through seven holes. A birdie at the par-3 17th preceded an ace with an 8-iron at the 206-yard par-3 second hole, his 11th of the day. He added three more birdies on his homeward nine at the windswept seaside course on the southeastern tip of the Caribbean island for a 6-under 66. Jaeger, 31, is a five-time winner on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour, and he is coming off of a fourth-place finish last week at the KFT’s Chitimacha Louisiana Open. He has made two cuts in two starts this season on the PGA Tour: T-34 at the U.S. Open and T-58 at the Puerto Rico Open. Jaeger gained access via the top 10 of the 2020 Korn Ferry Tour points list. “It's kind of a bonus for us from the Korn Ferry,” he said of his spot in the $3 million event, which is being played opposite the WGC Match Play. “Gives us a chance to maybe do something special. That's what we're here for, and, yeah, that's the plan.” Jaeger, who played college golf at Tennessee-Chattanooga, competed on the PGA Tour in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. He has no top 10s in 59 career starts. Americans Joel Dahmen and Andrew Yun, a Monday qualifier, shared second place at 5-under 67. Rafael Campos, who hails from Puerto Rico, just east of the Dominican across the Mona Passage, was among six Americans tied for fourth (scores).

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