Golfer shoots third 58 in pro golf, breaks U.S. 72-hole scoring record by four

Updated on Monday, Aug. 1: Stephan Jaeger went on to shoot a score of 250 (30 under) at the Ellie Mae Classic this week. It's the lowest aggregate score ever shot on the PGA Tour, Tour or PGA Tour Champions (others have gone lower relative to par). He also set the single round scoring record of 58 in his first round on Thursday.

His scores for the week were as follows.

  • Round 1: 58
  • Round 2: 65
  • Round 3: 64
  • Round 4: 63

That is ridiculous. He won the tournament by seven.

"That putt on the last, it really opened up a different world," Jaeger told the Tour. "It's cool. It's really is. Having records like that, you can look back when you're done playing, it's a cool feeling to have. ... Weeks like this don't happen very often. You've just got to go back every day and do your best each day. This game will kill you if you get too far ahead of yourself."

A 250 for four rounds. That might never be matched. The previous record was 254 by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Valero Texas Open. Four strokes better. An incredible achievement for Jaeger.

Original story:

On Thursday, for just the third time in professional golf history, someone shot a 58 in a single round. The culprit this time was German Stephan Jaeger, who made 12 birdies and six pars on a par-70 course en route to his record-setting score. Only Jason Bohn (Mackenzie Tour) and Ryo Ishikawa (Japan Tour) had shot 58 previously.

The magical number had never been touched on the PGA Tour or Tour. Until Jaeger did it on Thursday in the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Heyward, California, that is.

"I'm really happy with the way I played, especially on the back nine," Jaeger told the Tour with the understatement of a lifetime. "You don't know when those days are going to come, and they come unexpectedly. Days like this are very, very, very rare."

"Everything went well,"Jaeger, a 27-year-old native of Germany playing his third season on the developmental tour, told Golf Digest. "I was driving the ball well. I was making everything. I got the good breaks. Even the bad shots you'd get a good bounce and have 15 feet and make that. It was just a blackout round, it really was. Those don't happen too often."

Jaeger needed par at his last hole of the day for a 59. He made a birdie putt instead for the most historic round in history.

This is what perfection looks like.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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