Sahith Theegala Can Go From Thread To Thread, Cameron Tringale Considering Late Breakthrough And Seth Reeves Reflects On Daddy’s Duty | Golf News and Tour Information
If you follow college golf, you already know Sahith Theegala, 2019 Player of the Year Fred Haskins and Ben Hogan who completed his senior season at Pepperdine. cut short by COVID-19.
The waves were rated no. 1 that spring, but Theegala and her teammates never got to play for a national title, which left her with a tough choice: come back for another season or go and go pro? The uncertainty surrounding the pandemic made things even more difficult, and when he finally decided to quit school, he had to start his career on the Outlaw Tour. A year and a change later, two things are true: he is ranked 454th in the world and he leads the Sanderson Farms Championship before Sunday.
Theegala secured his tour card for 2021-2022 with a scintillating finish on the Korn Ferry Tour, finishing T-4 at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship and sixth in solo at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship, and while he did ultimately succeed than in 47th place. Fortinet Championship opening week of the season, it’s clear his form remains scorching in Mississippi. With two consecutive 67s after his first 64, Theegala sits at 18 cents, one step ahead of Cameron Tringale, Denny McCarthy, Sam Burns and Cameron Young. In the process of establishing that tight lead, things got a little weird. Witness, for example, this scandalous, uhhh … “melted”:
This is exactly the reason the gun plotter was invented, folks. But the strangest moment of all came at the 15th hole, with a lip that flirted so hard with the hole that they were practically engaged:
By our calculations, this is more than a full 360 spinout, and I’m not sure I’ve seen this before.
Of course, it was not all weird. Theegala’s bogey-less round featured three consecutive birdies from holes 10-12, in which the combined total length of the putt was around 15 feet. In other words, the man was sticking to his approaches, and that has been true all week; in 54 holes, he has a bogey to his credit. He will be the first to admit, however, that he was lucky to come out of the last few holes unscathed.
“I hit some wild records, I mean, really good, so I was really happy to get away with a few pairs,” he said. “It was just like grinding those last five, six holes there… definitely a little bit of a nerve in there, sure, but I think people have said it before, the pressure is a privilege and I try to use these nerves to my advantage. “
What to expect on Sunday? Fireworks. In one of his amateur victories, which Theegala referred to on Saturday, he started his final lap with a five-stroke lead, landed three bogeys and two double bogeys in his first seven holes, then finished ahead with an eagle-birdie and sort of got there. on your mind. We might not know much about Theegala yet, but we already know he’s not boring.
Has the time come for Cameron Tringale’s breakthrough?
It feels weird to say that Tringale is 34 because in our hearts he will always be Rickie Fowler’s cool young roommate. But facts are facts, and Tringale is now an honest veteran. He’s also kind of a companion – he won a circuit championship, in 2014, and he won the Franklin Templeton Shootout with Jason Day that winter – but beyond that he’s existed on the outskirts, better known for the aforementioned affiliation with Fowler than anything else. But the 2020-21 season was one of the best of his career, with four top-10s and a final ranking of 43rd.
It’s hard to say that someone “deserves” a victory, because, to quote “Unforgiven”, merit has nothing to do with it. But it feels like Tringale has at least put in hours, days, months and years. On Saturday he tied his career best round with a 62, and in the process he completely erased par 5s:
He’s one stroke ahead of Theegala, and in an autumn tournament where Sunday’s winner will inevitably have to descend very low, no one has more momentum. Sunday could be a very big day in her career and in her life, and if it does, well… it’s been happening for a long time.
Seth Reeves is on fire, but his most pressing problem? Daddy’s life.
Reeves had a few years upside down, or, if you will, a backward career. The 30-year-old former Georgia Tech got his first real PGA Tour success in 2019, but beyond a top 10 in that same tournament he couldn’t get any traction. Back on the Korn Ferry Tour in 2020, he missed six straight cups just before catching Lightning in a Bottle and winning the Pinnacle Bank Championship.
That was enough to propel him back onto the PGA Tour, and after a Saturday 63, he’s 16 with a shot at finishing big. It would be a very big problem, but an even bigger problem happened two months ago when her first child was born. Now Reeves is trying to figure out how to live family life on tour, and it looks like he’ll take anyone’s advice.
“I still don’t really understand what it is,” he said. “It’s hard for me to believe I’m a father, but it gives you perspective. And the journey seems a little harder, so far, but I think you just figured it out.
“All the guys here, a lot of them have families so that’s really what I’m asking for advice at the moment, I’m asking one of these guys I know to help me travel with a baby and a kid and playing this game with a family now. So it’s a whole new world and I’m trying to figure it out, but that’s where golf is fun to come in here and focus on something … Eventually I’ll learn how to make it work by playing golf and being a dad on the road. “
As someone who doesn’t play professional golf, but To I’ve watched the PGA Tour victory celebrations for years, can I just say … go low on Sunday, Seth. Everyone loves a winner holding a baby.
The most watched golfer on Saturday was not at the Sanderson …
… and that’s because Harris English was invited to be the guest coach at ESPN’s College GameDay. Watch him piss off his Dawgs by posting a recent bling:
The “I hope this fan was sincere” moment of the day
I want to believe she meant it: