EAST LOTHIAN, Scotland --- Chattanooga rising junior Stephan Jaeger advanced to the round of 32 at the 2010 British Amateur with a 5&3 win over Oliver Farr of Wales at the famed links at Muirfield in Scotland Wednesday. Jaeger shook off a slow start to cruise to the victory.
Farr was 2 up through three holes when Jaeger claimed a win at No. 4 with a par. He won again at six with a par to even the match and took the lead for good at nine with a birdie.
Jaeger, the 2010 Southern Conference Player of the Year, held that lead heading to the 12th hole where he won the first of four straight closing Farr out on 15 with a conceded birdie for the 5&3 win.
Next up for Jaeger is Arizona State rising senior James Byrne who was a 5&4 winner over Portugal's Tiago Rodrigues. Byrne is the 20th-ranked player in the world (R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings). Jaeger was recently named to the PING All-East Region for the second time in as many years. He is ranked No. 103 in the world.
The winner of the morning match moves on the afternoon's round of 16 matchup with the winner of Alex Christie (England) and Alexis Szappanos (Germany) for a berth in the quarterfinals. Christie and Szappanos claimed 1 up wins today over Olivier Rozner (France) and Mu Hu (China), respectively.
Jaeger is looking to improve on his round of 32 finish a year ago at Formsby where he lost 4&3 to England's Mark Hillson. In the round of 64 last June, he defeated the UK's Jonathan Gidney 3&2 to open match play.
The British Amateur Champion receives an invitation to the Masters and British Open. Last year's winner, Matteo Manassero of Italy, made the cut at both. The 17-year old finished tied for 13th at the 2009 British Open and tied for 36th at the 2010 Masters.
The last time the amateur was competed at Muirfield was 1998. Sergio Garcia claimed the title with a 7&6 win over Craig Williams of Wales. That field included 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy and 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman who both lost in the quarterfinal of match play.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/GoMocs.