Gibson second as records tumble on Tour

NSW’s Rhein Gibson has once again shot the lights out on the Tour, only to again finish second as the records tumbled at the Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward, California.

Stephan Jaeger ran out the winner after an amazing performance at TPC Stonebrae, setting records after each round after opening with a Tour record setting 12-under 58 on Thursday.

Rhein Gibson Rhein Gibson (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Jaeger set a new 72-hole scoring record by five shots on the Tour, signing for a four-day total of 30-under 250 with rounds of 58-65-64-63 –250 (-30).

Jaeger set the 18-hole (58), 36-hole (123), and 54-hole (187) Tour scoring marks before besting Steve Wheatcroft’s previous record of 255 for the 72-hole mark, on the way to his first career victory on the Tour.

“I don’t know what to say really, I’m speechless,” Jaeger said. “I played good today and all week really. It was a phenomenal week for me.”

To put into perspective how good Jaeger was this week, Gibson fired the fourth lowest four-day score in Tour history (257) and still finished seven shots back in second place.

After opening the day with a seven-shot lead, 27-year-old Jaeger hit iron shots to a foot on back-to-back holes for birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 and then holed another with a curling 15-foot birdie at the par-3 fourth.

Xander Schauffele started the day in a share of second place and played the first six holes in 6-under to cut Jaeger’s lead to just four shots after six.

“I stayed in the moment today, which was hard because Xander came off with that hot start,” Jaeger said. “It’s tough to just realize that it’s just a couple holes but he came out firing. I played pretty good, and I was a couple back after five or six holes.”

“It was a great battle in the beginning and he kind of let off in the end, and I could kind of cruise in on the back nine which is nice. But it was absolutely amazing.”

The runner-up placing for Gibson is the second in his last two starts on the Tour, after losing in a playoff to Rick Lamb at the LECOM Health Challenge in early July.