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Houston Open: Stephan Jaeger Clinches Inaugural PGA Tour Win

Jaeger, who had previously secured six wins on the Korn Ferry Tour, the second tier, recorded a three-under 67 to lead the pack by a single stroke at 12 under.

Houston Open: Stephan Jaeger Clinches Inaugural PGA Tour Victory
Houston Open: Stephan Jaeger Clinches Inaugural PGA Tour Victory

At the 135th attempt, Germany's Stephan Jaeger clinched his inaugural PGA Tour victory at the Houston Open.

Jaeger, who had previously secured six wins on the Korn Ferry Tour, the second tier, recorded a three-under 67 to lead the pack by a single stroke at 12 under.

The world's top golfer, Scottie Scheffler, in pursuit of his third consecutive victory, failed to sink a five-foot putt that would have extended the competition, ultimately joining a five-person tie for second place.

English duo David Skinns and Aaron Rai were part of a contingent finishing at 10 under. Entering the final round tied with four others for first place, Jaeger notched four birdies and a single bogey in the first half, followed by nine consecutive pars. The 34-year-old came close to a birdie with a 20-foot attempt at the 18th, leaving the door open for Scheffler to potentially prompt a play-off.

However, Scheffler, fresh from victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Players Championship, missed this crucial putt, his first within seven feet for the entire tournament.

Reflecting on Scheffler's performance, Jaeger remarked:

"He's been playing some unbelievable golf. I had the chance to play alongside him at the Arnold Palmer and the Players, and not only is he an incredible golfer, but he's also a great guy. My focus was on maintaining my composure and aiming for birdies. The back nine didn't yield many birdies, but given the course's difficulty and the pressure of being in contention, I'm extremely pleased with how the day turned out."

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