Scramble, scramble, scramble, is what defines life on Tour. No time to pause and reflect, even if the final day’s back-nine was one to smile about and read like Sahith Theegala’s at the Barracuda Championship on the PGA Tour.
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As a non-member, every opportunity counts, more so on the PGA Tour. The final day and overall score of +27 and T34 finish will go some way in helping his cause, but all this was just a blur as Sahith had a long haul ahead of him before this week’s tee off on the Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship.
Between changing flights and renting cars from the Tahoe Mt Club (venue of Barracuda Championship) in Truckee, California, to this week’s destination at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Nebraska, Sahith covered 4200 miles or 6759 kms between Sunday and Monday.
Drifting in and out of sleep on the flights, and shots of coffee to stay awake, Sahith’s effort evokes a ‘wow’ but for one seeking a foothold on the world stage, it counts as routine. Surely, a name to watch out for.
— Sahith Theegala (@SRTheegala) May 7, 2021
The 23-year-old strapping golfer, with roots in Hyderabad, grew up in Orange, California, and has shown just why he enjoys golf. “The mental toughness needed to play this sport at a high level is unbelievable, and it requires your attention all the time. Although it may not necessarily require the most physical ability, it is by far the hardest sport I have ever played.”
Yet to secure a full card on the PGA Tour, the 6’3″ has already notched quite a few landmarks. In 2020, he featured in four PGA Tour events as a non-member and made cut in one. This season, he has had a few starts and the best finish on the world’s toughest tour is T32 at The Memorial, apart from featuring in his first Major at the US Open.
As a non-member, he has teed off in six Korn Ferry Tour events this season, making all six cuts and posting one top-10. Of his 24 total rounds, 14 were in the 60s, 18 were under-par and 20 were par or better.