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Born: 4 December 1997
Birthplace: Orange, CA, USA
Resides: Chino Hills, CA, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Sahith came close to winning in 2021, having held the lead through the first three rounds at the Sanderson Farms Championship. A nervy final round ruined any chance he had of winning that day but there's no doubting he's one to watch. An outstanding college record saw him collect the Haskins, Hogan and Nicklaus awards in 2020, becoming only the fifth player ever to collect all three. He's also a former Junior World Champion, having triumphed three times as a youngster.
For all his natural talent, he can be wayward off the tee and he's likely to excel on courses with wider than average fairways.
He excelled again at the Phoenix Open in February 2022, leading after 36 and 54 holes before missing out by one shot. Very nearly won the Travelers later in the year.
Sahith only turned pro in 2020.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Sahith has failed to get over the line so far in contention but hasn't done a lot wrong either. He will no doubt improve as he learns how to handle the pressure on a Sunday but for the time being his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to ⭐⭐⭐.
➖ Started the final round of the RSM Classic trailing by 1 shot and shot 66 to finish 2 shots behind the winner.
➖ Trailed Xander by three at the Travelers Championship. Shot 67 to finish two back, made a bad decision on the 18th but held it together well for the most part.
➖ Began the final round of the Phoenix Open Leading by 1 shot over Brooks Koepka. Shot 70 to finish one shot off a playoff. Has to be noted he was unlucky with his drive on 17 taking a left bounce into the water from what was on a perfect line. A Much better performance.
❌ Sahith took a one shot lead into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. A poor back 9 saw him post a 71 (joint worst of anyone in the top 15) to slip to 8th.
❌ Sahith was three strokes behind going into the final round of the Safeway Open. He would shoot a 70 to slip from 12th to 14th.
Events to back Theegala
Sahith has an affinity for the West Coast of America, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him challenge early in 2022 in one of the events held there. He has cited Riviera as one of his favourite courses on tour.
Sahith has yet to be in a playoff.
2021 Shriners Childrens Open
"That experience on Sunday, being in that position, final group, it's something that I'm going to carry on for the rest of my career and something I look back -- I had so much fun that week too. Just really staying in the moment and grinding through it all, it was a blast. Obviously that back nine on Sunday was tough and I was able to reflect on it the next day and learn so much from it, obviously, but, yeah, what a great week."
"I've spent a bunch of time in Vegas, played a lot of junior tournaments here and very comfortable with not only the environment but even the slight elevation change and how the ball goes a touch further over here. But I really like the golf course, I played it a couple times before this week once with the actually both times with the Pepperdine golf team, but really comfortable with this course.....I really like the golf course. West Coast golf kind of thing. So I feel pretty comfortable out here."
2021 Sanderson Farms Championship
"I played some really good golf and just a little unfortunate how that sort of that back nine is, but it's my first one and first time really being in that position, so I'm obviously going to learn a lot and just take so many positives away and even the last few holes there I was proud of myself how I held it in there making a couple pars after I was already kind of out of contention......this makes me hungrier and hungrier."
2021 US Open @ Torrey Pines
"I played three Junior Worlds at Torrey Pines from when I was 15 through 17. I remember when I first got here when I was 15, I thought it was the hardest golf course I had ever played. I shot like 78-85. I missed the cut, but the third round I shot even, and I was like, let's go. After that, it gave me confidence. In a couple years, got a little more comfortable, and had a couple of good finishes. Good memories for sure. I love the grasses, kikuyu and poa, but I probably played 20 rounds out here, and this is definitely the firmest I've seen the greens, and the rough is thick. Standard U.S. Open stuff, but yeah."
2020 Barracuda Chapionship
"I really enjoy the golf course. Super pure, obviously. I'm a cutter of the ball, so this course really sets up well for me because I can hit 12, 13 cuts off the tee, which is awesome."
2017 US Amateur @ Riviera
"I think the kikuyu is a big thing. I think people, especially coming from the east coast, they don't play on kikuyu very much at all. I grew up on public courses, so I feel super comfortable chipping and hitting shots out of the rough here.....This is like my 10th time playing Riv now, so sightlines with my driver I'm really comfortable with. I missed a couple drives throwing it up in the fairway whereas I think other people, maybe they were lining up a little bit differently and if they miss it they're kind of in a bad spot."