Sahith Theegala wins first title

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Fortinet Championship R4
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September 18, 2023
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Sahith Theegala carded a final-round 68 at the Fortinet Championship to reach 21-under and win his first PGA Tour title in his 74th career start at the age of 25 years, 9 months, 13 days. It was his eighth top-10 in 29 starts during the 2022-23 season.

"Just can't believe it happened. Just a lot of work that was put in and a lot of people that were behind this. It's just golf is really, really hard. You never know when you're going to find a little hot streak or when you're going to go on a cold streak.

"A lot of really, really good golf the last four days just gives me so much confidence that I kind of went out there and got it today. I didn't really just kind of leak my way in, I really felt like I kept the pedal down and that's kind of what I was missing in the first few times I was in contention."

His 267 total equals the lowest score since the event moved to Silverado Resort’s North Course in 2014 (Stewart Cink/2020).

"I don't know what the stats were. I did feel like I drove it better today, but I probably hit six fairways, that's just how it always seems to work for me," said the American.

"I feel like I hit the fairways or the intermediate or just off the fairway today were on the drives that I needed it the most. I fully understand that my long game, especially off the tee's not my strength. Believe it or not, it's gotten a lot, lot better the last couple years. Right out of college I probably would have been 200 strokes gained off the tee, and the last couple years I think I've been just over 100, which I've been making progress.

"I always joke that hitting it that bad for a lot of my life off the tee has helped me just be really creative and just find a way to get the ball in the hole and score and hit all these crazy shots and do whatever it takes to get it in the hole.

"I feel like hitting fairways is a bonus, and I don't get too stressed out if I hit it offline. I will say I feel like I miss it on the correct side pretty much every time. It might be really far away from the fairway, but it is at least the side that's inbounds or in play or have a recovery shot. Good at that, I guess.

"Yeah, I just, I don't let it stress me out too much. Me and my coach have been working on this forever, and we're making progress and that's all I can ask for. I still feel like I work -- probably work the hardest on my short game and just want that to keep getting better and better. I'm getting more and more confident that it's the strongest part of my game and I can rely more and more on it as I move forward."

Making his 35th PGA TOUR start, 36-hole co-leader and PGA Tour rookie S.H. Kim of South Korea finished runner-up on his 25th birthday after closing with a 68 to reach 19-under. His previous-best finish was T4 at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open.

Australia's Cam Davis earned his fourth top-10 finish in his last five starts, finishing third at 17-under after a final-round 70.

Americans Eric Cole (70) and Justin Thomas (72) finished fourth and fifth at 16- and 15-under. It was the fourth straight top-10 finish for Thomas.

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2S.H. Kim-1965676968269
3Cam Davis-1768686570271
4Eric Cole-1668666870272
5Justin Thomas-1569676572273
6Brendon Todd-1469716866274
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T7Callum Tarren-1368696771275
T7Matt Kuchar-1370676573275
T11J.J. Spaun-1271696967276
T11Matthias Schwab-1271706867276
T11Peter Malnati-1271686671276
T14Dylan Wu-1170697068277
T14Sam Ryder-1168687269277
T14K.H. Lee-1170676971277
T17Doug Ghim-1069726968278
T17Mark Hubbard-1066727070278
T19Martin Laird-970697268279
T19Jason Dufner-966717270279
T19Carson Young-970716870279
T19Hank Lebioda-971686971279
T19Chad Ramey-969696972279
T19Robby Shelton-969686874279
T25Luke List-870717069280
T25Greyson Sigg-869716971280
T25D.J. Trahan-870687072280
T25Vince Whaley-869706972280
T25Kelly Kraft-866697273280
T30Tyson Alexander-773677566281
T30David Lipsky-769697568281
T30Nate Lashley-771677568281
T30Russell Knox-770707368281
T30Erik van Rooyen-771677370281
T30Ben Taylor-772697070281
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T30Beau Hossler-770697171281
T30Justin Suh-771697071281
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T62Chesson Hadley-371697570285
64William McGirt-270717372286
65Sung Kang-166727376287
T66Richy WerenskiPar71707473288
T66Chez ReaviePar73687077288
68Carl Yuan+272697772290
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Fortinet Championship 2023

Date: September 14th - 17th 2023

Location: Silverado Resort (North Course), Napa, California

Purse: $8,400,000

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