Interesting times as Theegala holds on to lead

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Prior to this week, Sahith Theegala's best position after any round on PGA Tour was T8/2017 The Genesis Invitational (finished T49). Photo: rfi.fr
Prior to this week, Sahith Theegala's best position after any round on PGA Tour was T8/2017 The Genesis Invitational (finished T49). Photo: rfi.fr

PGA Tour rookie Sahith Theegala (1st/-18) made five birdies, including three-straight on Nos. 10-12 to post a second-consecutive 5-under 67 and remain at the top of the leaderboard for the third-consecutive round at the Sanderson Farm Championship.

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He has made 17 birdies, one eagle and one bogey through 54 holes. His lone bogey thru 54 holes came on the par-5 fifth in Round Two.

 

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With a win on Sunday, he will become the first first-time winner on the Tour since Erik van Rooyen at the 2021 Barracuda Championship.

The rookie earned his Tour card following top-6 finishes in his last two starts in the 2021 Korn Ferry Tour Finals (T4/Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship, 6th/Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance).

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Prior to this week, his best position after any round on Tour was T8/2017 The Genesis Invitational (finished T49).

The California native is making his 15th start on Tour and comes off a T47 at the Fortinet Championship two weeks ago.

 

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In his only previous start at the Sanderson Farms Championship, missed the cut in 2020 (71-72—143).

Sam Burns (T2/-17), the highest ranked player in the field (No. 25 OWGR), tied his career-best with five consecutive birdies (Nos. 10-14) en route a bogey-free 7-under 65.

Making his first start of the season, he hit 10-of-14 fairways and 17-of-18 greens in regulation in Round Three. He is making his fifth Sanderson Farms Championship start; MC/2020, T45/2019, T3/2018, T43/2017.

 

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The highlight of eight top-10 finishes last season was his first career Tour victory at the Valspar Championship; in his first start after the win outside Tampa, finished second at the AT&T Byron Nelson.

At No. 10 in the FedExCup after the BMW Championship, he advanced to the season-ending TOUR Championship for the first time; finished T18 at East Lake to end his season at No. 18 in the FedExCup.

 

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Seeking his first career Tour title in his 311th start, Cameron Tringale tied a career-low score with a 10-under 62 to lie a shot back of Theegala as well.

 

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Chinese Taipei’s C.T. Pan shot six birdies and one bogey for a second straight 67 for T10, four off the lead. He started the new season with a T6 at the Fortinet Championship two weeks ago. This is his third start at this event and finished T12 here last year. Chasing his second Tour win following the 2019 RBC Heritage.

Korea’s Si Woo Kim carded a 66 featuring seven birdies and one bogey for T16. A three-time Tour winner, Kim is making his fifth start here with a T37 last year being his best finish. Finished T11 at the Fortinet Championship two weeks ago.

The Sanderson Farms Championship has produced a first-time winner six of the last seven seasons (Sergio Garcia/2020).

The Sanderson Farms Championship is the only event on the PGA Tour where each of the last four 54-hole leaders/co-leader have converted for the win.

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