Sahith Theegala couldn’t quite beat out Cameron Young for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors last season, but there’s no denying Theegala acquitted himself quite well.
Many in the golf world were gutted when he couldn’t seal the deal in February at the WM Phoenix Open. A water ball on 17 on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale resigned him to T-3rd.
Theegala kept grinding away, posting three more top-10s, including another close call at the Travelers Championship (T-2nd). The Pepperdine alum made it all the way to the Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Theegala’s picked up where he left off to begin the 2022-23 campaign. The 24-year-old has top-10s in his home state at the Fortinet Championship (T-6th) and in Japan at the ZOZO Championship (T-5th).
He’s had a couple weeks off to prepare for the Cadence Bank Houston Open.
This is Theegala’s second trip to Memorial Park. He posted 70-71-70 and was on his way to a solid payday before 76 on Sunday bumped him down to T-61st. Theegala was ninth in the field in strokes gained approach (4.488) but struggled on and around the greens.
Getting a second go-round on a tricky layout should do him good.
Last season, Theegala ranked above average in all strokes gained categories, except putting. That’s one statistic that ought to improve as he grows more familiar with PGA Tour layouts.
“I’m still trying to learn as much as possible and I’ve just been getting more and more comfortable,” Theegala was quoted last month by Golf.com.
"“I think I mentioned that at The Open as well. Yeah, still feel very excited and very nervous about each and every event I tee it up at. I haven’t lost that yet, which is good, but I still feel every single event is very, very important.”"