Sahith Theegala earned his first PGA Tour victory in his home state this fall at the Fortinet Championship in Napa.
The Orange, California, native would love to add another one to the ledger on the Monterey Peninsula.
Theegala has almost already won in 2024. He posted four rounds in the 60s at Kapalua to take solo second and just one shot behind Chris Kirk at The Sentry.
He missed the cut the next week at the Sony Open, but has had a couple weeks to rest and retool some things.
Theegala appeared to be in good spirits in his post-tournament press conference after The Sentry.
“Last year I was hurt during the off-season, didn't play any golf," Theegala was transcribed by ASAP Sports. "This year I got a lot of work in, in the gym, a lot of work in with my coach, and felt so ready for this event. I was so pumped for this event, and obviously with the signature events and all that big deal, I knew it was important to get off to a fast start. Yeah, finishing second here is going to be a really nice boost for the rest of the West Coast Swing, and just to start off what I think is a pretty important year with a little bit of unknowns and everything that's been going on, it's nice to get started.”
The former Pepperdine Wave is making his second appearance at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He finished T-65th in 2022.
Last season, Theegala ranked 22nd in Strokes Gained: Around-the-Green (.267) and 17th in SG: Putting (.485). He’s well-versed in putting poa annua greens having grown up on the West Coast.