Former Baylor School and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf standout Stephan Jaeger set a PGA Web.com Tour record of 58 in the opening round Thursday of the Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, Calif.
That matched the best score ever in major tour play, according to The Associated Press. Ryo Ishikawa of Japan shot a 12-under-par 58 on the Japan Tour in 2010. But no one ever had beat 59 in any official PGA tour round.
Jaeger's 12-under 58 gave him a four-shot lead on the TPC Stonebrae course, where former McCallie star Adam Mitchell is tied for sixth at 64 and Baylor graduate Keith Mitchell and former Athens resident Eric Axley shot 69s and are tied for 59th place. Former Dalton High School player Blake Adams shot 71.
Jaeger, 27 and a native of Germany, had 12 birdies and six pars in his round, which ended with a birdie on No. 9, giving him a 29 on each side. He was an NCAA regional champion and an All-American at UTC.
Previous 59s on what is now called the Web.com Tour were carded by Notah Begah III, Doug Dunakey, Jason Gore, Will Wilcox and Russell Knox, according to the AP.