Calmer Jaeger reaps the rewards


The German golfer Stephan Jaeger has already won six tournaments in the Korn Ferry series, but a victory in the American PGA series still eludes him.

Now he is on the verge of opening his account in the Farmers Insurance tournament, which is played at Torrey Pines in San Diego, California.

Jaeger finished the first three rounds in 205 (-11) and is one stroke ahead of Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark and Mathieu Pavon of France, who both finished at 206 (-10) in the clubhouse.

They are followed by Thomas Detry of Belgium on 207 (-9).

The 34-year-old Jaeger spent the last six months lighting a candle with the sports psychologist Julie Elion and it has already paid off a lot.

Jaeger now meditates for at least 10 to 15 minutes every day and he has his temper and aggression under control on the golf course.

He is much calmer and no longer focuses all his attention on golf. He says he is also trying to be a better father to his child.

Elion is very highly regarded and Wyndham Clarke, who won the US Open last year, is also taken under her wing.

In the Women’s Drive On Championship (LPGA Series) played at the Bradenton Country Club in Florida, American Nelly Korda is two shots ahead of So-mi Lee (South Korea) at 132 (-10). New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Ayaka Furue (Japan) and Xiyu Lin of China are joint third at 135.

Ko, who shared the 65-shot lead with Korda after the first round, shot 70 in the second round, while Korda played 67 in the second round.

South Africa’s Paula Reto could not qualify for the last two rounds.

In the Ras Al Khaimah Championship played at the Al Hamra Country Club, South Africa’s Zander Lombard built on his good form of the past few weeks in the second round of this tournament in the DP World Tour.

Lombard played two rounds of 66 shots and is on 132 shots (-12) just two shots behind the leader, Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark, who finished on 130 shots (-14).

The Spaniard Manuel Elvira, Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark and Callum Shinkwin of England are joint second on 131 strokes (-13).

Among the other South Africans, Brandon Stone (130, -10) also excelled, with Jaco Prinsloo (137), Hennie du Plessis (138), Jayden Schaper (130), Louis de Jager (140) and Dylan Frittelli (141) who also qualified for the last two rounds.

On the Maccauvlei golf course in Vereeniging, after rounds of 70 and 64 shots, Neil Schietekat is on 134 (-10) with two shots ahead of Jovan Rebula, Oliver Bekker, Sean Bradley, Ryan van Velzen and Willie Olivier (all together on 135, -9 ) in the Mediclinic invitational tournament which is part of the local Sunshine Series.

They are followed on 136 by Sean Cronjé, Peter Karmis, Yurav Premlall, Dylan Mostert and Jacques P de Villiers.

Sources: The Golf Channel and Sunshine Series