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Jaeger bombs out Scheffler's PGA Tour three-peat hopes

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Germany's Stephan Jaeger has claimed his first PGA Tour title, winning the Texas Children's Houston Open as Scottie Scheffler came up agonisingly short in his bid for a third straight victory.

Scheffler (68), who followed his five-shot win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in early March by becoming the first player ever to successfully defend the Players Championship, missed from six feet for a birdie on the 18th that would have forced a play-off.

The world No.1 had to settle for a share of second place at 11 under alongside defending champion Tony Finau (66), Germany's Thomas Detry (68), Taylor Moore (67) of the US and Argentina's Alejandro Tosti (68), who bogeyed the last to drop out of a share of the lead.

Scheffler had been vying to become the first player since Dustin Johnson in 2017 to win on three consecutive PGA Tour starts.

Australia's Cam Davis finished six shots off the lead in a share of 21st after a final round 67.

Jaeger, in a five-way tie for the lead heading into the final round, carded four birdies and a bogey on the front nine before making nine straight pars to complete a closing 67 and finish 12 under.

His victory brings with it entry for the Masters - a first for the German - and he has also qualified for the PGA Tour's remaining four $US 20 million ($A30 million) signature events this season.

The 34-year-old narrowly missed from 20 feet for birdie on the last and was preparing for extra holes before Scheffler's surprising miss.

"I expected him to make it. I'm not mad at him for missing it," Jaeger admitted.

"He's been playing some unbelievable golf. I couldn't have dreamed up a better week.

"Playing Scottie the last couple days, he's been on a tear, so to slay the dragon a little bit this week was amazing.

"He's such a good dude, such a good player, I was just happy to play with him for a couple of days."

Asked about his missed birdie putt on the 18th, a disappointed Scheffler said: "I didn't think it was going to move very much and I tried to hit it straight.

"I started right in the middle and it looked like it broke off pretty hard, so just a misread.

"I put up a good fight, felt like I had some weird breaks this week. I hit two really good shots into 18 to give myself a chance.

"Disappointing, but Stephan played great this week and he's a deserving champion."

Detry was left to rue a number of missed opportunities after failing to convert an eight-foot eagle putt on the 16th and missing from similar distance for birdie on the next.

"I'm not sure what else to do," Detry said.

"I've been struggling the last couple of times in final groups (but) feel like I handled myself really well out there."

- with AP