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 US PGA Corales Puntacana Championship.
World quantity 221 Jaeger aced the 239-yard par-3 second gap with an 8-iron and added 5 birdies towards a lone bogey at the Dominican resort.
That left him one stroke forward of Americans Andrew Yun and Joel Dahmen with Puerto Rico’s Rafael Campos and Americans Sam Ryder, Mark Anderson, Justin Suh, Adam Schenk and Nate Lashley sharing fourth on 68.
“I didn’t really make that many mistakes off the tee and kept the ball on the greens,” Jaeger stated. “If I did miss a green, it was in the right spot and got it up and down.”
It’s 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 high 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 at the par-4 sixteenth with a birdie at the par-3 seventeenth.
The 31-year-old from Munich’s ace marked the match’s first at the second gap and solely the fifth in its historical past.
“I haven’t had a hole-in-one probably since college. It has been a long time, especially in a tournament,” Jaeger stated.
“I actually thought I hit it a little too long and it ended up kind of hitting soft and rolling down there and then disappeared. It was a pretty cool. It’s a lot easier than putting, that’s for sure.”
After his hole-in-one, Jaeger birdied the par-5 fourth and seventh holes in addition to the par-4 sixth.
“The back nine was solid. It wasn’t anything special, but I got kind of hot,” Jaeger stated. “There’s so much golf left, so much windy golf. So I’m happy to be here. My game feels good.”
Dahmen, who has missed the reduce in six of his previous seven begins, and Yun every had bogey-free rounds in quest of a primary PGA title, as is Jaeger.