MUNDELEIN, Ill. – Stephan Jaeger posted his second victory in three starts Sunday at the Rust-Oleum Championship with a four-day total of 14-under 274 to edge out Ted Potter, Jr. by two shots. The 28-year-old German posted a final-round, 1-under 71 at the Ivanhoe Club to become the first player of the 2017 season to win twice. With his victory, he locks up his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-18 season and moves up to No. 1 on the Web.com Tour money list.
Before he receives his card, though, he’ll get a taste of the TOUR next week as he’s qualified for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills after winning his sectional qualifier on Monday before arriving into the Chicago area for what became his second victory of the week.
“Feels fantastic, honestly,” Jaeger said of his second victory and locking up his TOUR card. “I can’t wait to get started next week, going to the U.S. Open. It’s going to be a tough week. It’s going to probably be a lot of chipping out, a lot of fast, firm greens. Kind of like this week, honestly. The greens were fast, they were firm, and probably be pretty good preparation for next week.”
Jaeger is now just one victory shy of the prestigious Three-Victory Promotion to the PGA TOUR, and he will return to the Web.com Tour after the U.S. Open in search of completing that endeavor.
“I want to get that Three-Win Promotion, and you can’t win if you don’t play,” Jaeger said. “I’ll pick my weeks that I want off or that I’m tired, but I’m going to play a lot of events for the rest of this year. Why wouldn’t I? I’m playing good. I want to get on TOUR as quickly as I can and get that third win.”
Jaeger’s second victory was in doubt entering the back nine after opening the day with a four-shot lead. After a front-nine, 3-under 33, Potter Jr. trailed by just one entering the back nine after Jaeger bogeyed the par-5 ninth while Potter birdied. But Jaeger showed no signs of cracking, pouring in a 12-foot birdie at the par-3 11th and another at the par-5 14th to take a comfortable lead into the final four holes.
“(No. 11) played very short, I think it was 170 (yards) and I had pitching wedge straight downwind, and right where the pin was it was kind of softish, so I hit a good shot in there to 10 feet and managed to roll it in,” Jaeger said. “It’s just such a hard golf course, you don’t get too many chances. The two par-5s on the back, that’s pretty much it, and I managed to birdie No. 11 and then No. 14, which was huge.”
This is Jaeger’s third career Web.com Tour victory with his previous two coming in the 54-hole shortened BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation in May and at the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae last August, where he broke the 18, 36, 54 and 72-hole scoring records on the Web.com Tour with an incredible 72-hole total of 30-under 250.
Like Jaeger, Potter leaves with an assurance of a PGA TOUR card and a spot in the field at next week’s U.S. Open. Although he didn’t get his third career Web.com Tour title, the 2012 Greenbrier Classic winner did what he came to the Web.com Tour this season to do – earn a return to the TOUR.
“It was a good week. I did what I needed to do, I think, to put me up there where I should finish high enough to be in the top 25 at the end of the year,” Potter Jr. said. “That’s a relief, so just try to play well the rest of the year.”
Andrew Yun tied the round of the day with a 4-under 68 to jump into solo third at 9-under 279. Yun moves up to No. 6 on the money list with $168,538.66 and will be among the 25 players to receive their PGA TOUR card at the end of the Regular Season.
“It was a really big week, and honestly I wasn’t looking at the leaderboards,” Yun said. “The wind was blowing a good 15-20 miles per hour all day and the course was already tough, so I was just trying to keep it one shot at a time and I didn’t look at a leaderboard until just now, so I don’t know how it feels. It hasn’t sunk in yet.”
Jamie Arnold, Andrew Landry and Alexandre Rocha all tied for fourth at 7-under 281.