Germany’s Stephan Jaeger made a hole-in-one on the way in which to taking pictures a six-under par 66 for a one-stroke lead after Thursday’s opening spherical of the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Championship.
World quantity 221 Jaeger aced the 239-yard par-3 second gap with an 8-iron and added 5 birdies in opposition to a lone bogey on the Dominican resort.
That left him one stroke forward of Individuals Andrew Yun and Joel Dahmen with Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos and Individuals Sam Ryder, Mark Anderson, Justin Suh, Adam Schenk and Nate Lashley sharing fourth on 68.
“I did not actually make that many errors off the tee and saved the ball on the greens,” Jaeger stated. “If I did miss a inexperienced, it was in the best spot and obtained it up and down.”
It is the sixtieth PGA begin for Jaeger, a developmental tour veteran whose season displaying final 12 months booked him into 4 PGA 2021 occasions performed reverse WGC tournaments, with prime gamers competing at this week’s WGC Match Play Championship in Texas.
Jaeger, who opened on the again 9, birdied the par-5 twelfth and answered his lone bogey on the par-4 sixteenth with a birdie on the par-3 seventeenth.
The 31-year-old from Munich’s ace marked the match’s first on the second gap and solely the fifth in its historical past.
“I have never had a hole-in-one most likely since faculty. It has been a very long time, particularly in a match,” Jaeger stated.
“I truly thought I hit it just a little too lengthy and it ended up type of hitting comfortable and rolling down there after which disappeared. It was a reasonably cool. It is lots simpler than placing, that is for positive.”
After his hole-in-one, Jaeger birdied the par-5 fourth and seventh holes in addition to the par-4 sixth.
“The again 9 was strong. It wasn’t something particular, however I obtained type of sizzling,” Jaeger stated. “There’s a lot golf left, a lot windy golf. So I am blissful to be right here. My sport feels good.”
Dahmen, who has missed the lower in six of his previous seven begins, and Yun every had bogey-free rounds in quest of a primary PGA title, as is Jaeger.
Main scores after Thursday’s first spherical of the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Championship within the Dominican Republic (USA until famous, par 72):
66 – Stephan Jaeger (GER)
67 – Joel Dahmen, Andrew Yun
68 – Nate Lashley, Adam Schenk, Justin Suh, Sam Ryder, Rafael Campos (PUR), Mark Anderson
69 – Charley Hoffman, Tyler Duncan, Padraig Harrington (IRL), Fabian Gomez (ARG), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Fabrizio Zanotti (PAR), Joseph Bramlett, Jonathan Byrd, Sebastian Cappelen (DEN)