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2024 Houston Open: Stephan Jaeger earns first victory, Scottie Scheffler just short of third straight win

One of the winningest players in Korn Ferry Tour history finally claimed his first victory on the PGA Tour. Stephan Jaeger emerged from a crowded leaderboard at the 2024 Houston Open to pick up a one-stroke victory over Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau, Taylor Moore and others at 12 under.

With his breakthrough win, Jaeger will earn an invitation to the Masters for the first time in his career. He will also receive invitations into the PGA Championship, The Sentry and access the rest of the signature events in 2024 -- all while securing his playing privileges on the PGA Tour through the 2026 season. Jaeger jumps inside the top 50 in the Official World Golf Rankings as well.

"[Scottie's] been playing some unbelievable golf," Jaeger said. "... He's such a great dude as well. It was such a blast the last couple days to kind of fight with him, and you just know he's going to have some good stuff. I just kind of tried to stay within myself, try to make some putts, try to make some birdies. The birdies kind of eluded me on the back nine, but this golf course plays a little difficult. Especially if you are right around the lead, there's just so much trouble. I'm super happy obviously with today." 

One of the five 54-hole leaders entering Sunday, Jaeger found himself in the final group alongside the world No. 1. Four birdies including back-to-back conversions on Nos. 8-9 against just one bogey on his front nine gave Jaeger a slight lead over Scheffler and a litany of others heading into the pivotal back nine at Memorial Park.

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