Stephan Jaeger emerges from pack to win Houston Open

Stephan Jaeger made nine consecutive pars on the back nine and held off a crowded field of contenders to win the Texas Children's Houston Open for his first career PGA Tour victory on Sunday at Memori

Stephan Jaeger emerges from pack to win Houston Open

Stephan Jaeger made nine consecutive pars on the back nine and held off a crowded field of contenders to win the Texas Children’s Houston Open for his first career PGA Tour victory on Sunday at Memorial Park Golf Course.

The 34-year-old from Germany had won on the Korn Ferry Tour six times, but he earned his breakthrough PGA victory by shooting a final-round, 3-under 69 to card a 12-under 268 for the week.

Jaeger had four birdies and one bogey on his front nine before his steady finish. He missed a birdie try at the par-4 18th and tapped in for par to put the pressure on World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, who was vying for his third victory in as many starts.

Scheffler had stuck his approach shot to 5 1/2 feet and would have forced a playoff with Jaeger with a birdie. But his putt trickled just to the left of the cup.

Scheffler posted a 68 and finished in a five-way tie for second with last year’s champion Tony Finau (66 Sunday), Taylor Moore (67), Belgium’s Thomas Detry (68) and rookie Alejandro Tosti of Argentina (68). Tosti was in a tie for the lead after birdieing the par-5 16th, but a bad drive and a long chip on the 18th left him a tough 19-footer for par that he could not make to stay at 12 under.