On Thursday, the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship turned the primary PGA Tour occasion to be staged twice in the identical season in 70 years.
It was simply 179 days in the past that Hudson Swafford hoisted the trophy within the Dominican Republic as event champion.
The Corales was presupposed to be performed in March of 2020 however the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the occasion simply two weeks earlier than it was to be performed. Instead, it was pushed again to September.
On the primary day of the Tour’s return, Stephan Jaeger parlayed a hole-in-one on his eleventh gap to take the first-round lead. Jaeger aced the par-3 second gap after which closed out his spherical with birdies on Nos. 4, 6 and seven to put up a 6-under 66. He will begin Friday’s spherical with a one-shot lead over Joel Dahmen and Andrew Yun.
“Obviously 1’s don’t really add up too quickly, so that was a good start of the back nine,” he stated.
Jaeger admits it’s been some time since he made an ace.
“I haven’t had a hole-in-one probably since college, it’s been a long time, especially in a tournament. I think my last tournament hole-in-one was, I think, junior year in college. So I’m not going to age myself, but it’s been a while, for sure.”
Dahmen has missed the lower in six of his final seven occasions. The one lower he made in that stretch resulted in a T-60 end at Pebble Beach.
“Been a long time,” he stated after his first spherical 67 that included no bogeys. “Been getting my butt kicked out here since the start of the year, so it feels good to play well. Still have a long ways to go.”
Dahmen additionally attributed his lackluster play to some tools points.
“My clubs were maybe bent incorrectly so we got that fixed,” he stated. “I played four weeks basically with maybe clubs that weren’t fit properly. That sucks, obviously. And just the last couple weeks had them kind of fixed and the ball’s been flying correctly again.”
Nate Lashley, Adam Schenk, Justin Suh, Sam Ryder, Rafael Campos and Mark Anderson all shot 68s and are tied for fourth.