Birdie blitz fires Sahith Theegala into lead at Hawaiian opener

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The American had six straight birdies as he leads by one from a group including Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland.
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January 5, 2024
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Sahith Theegala birdied seven of his final nine holes to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the PGA Tour season at The Sentry in Hawaii.

The American’s nine-under-par 64 in The Sentry event leads a group of five players, including major champions Collin Morikawa and Jason Day, plus FedEx champion Viktor Hovland.

Colombia’s Camillo Villegas and South Korean Sungjae Im are also on eight under, with world number one Scottie Scheffler, Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth among those a shot further adrift.

On a day of low scoring, Theegala reached the turn at three-under-par before six consecutive birdies catapulted him into the last – another at the last, giving him the top spot on his own after a bogey at the 16th.

Morikawa made six birdies and an eagle in his 65, while Hovland birdied seven of his last 10 holes.

Matt Wallace was the top English performer in the 59-strong field – made up of last year’s PGA Tour winners and top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings – with a 68, one better than Tyrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Tommy Fleetwood opened with a 70, while Justin Rose came home in 31 after going out in 40 to be two under.

The Sentry is the first event of the 2024 PGA TOUR Season and serves as the season-opening event on the PGA TOUR schedule for the first time since 2013. After ten wraparound seasons, the TOUR returns to a calendar year schedule, with 36 FedExCup Regular Season events followed by the FedExCup Playoffs and FedExCup Fall.

The Sentry is the first of eight Signature Events in 2024, which offer increased purse sizes ($20 million) and FedExCup points to the winner (700).

Eligible players for The Sentry are tournament winners in 2023 and players who finished in the top 50 in the FedExCup Playoffs and Eligibility Points List; 35 of the 37 tournament winners are in the field (all but Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm) along with the 24 players who finished in the top 50 but did not win.

Pos.PlayerTo ParR1
1Sahith Theegala-964
T2Collin Morikawa-865
T2Camilo Villegas-865
T2Sungjae Im-865
T2Jason Day-865
T2Viktor Hovland-865
T7Xander Schauffele-766
T7Patrick Cantlay-766
T7Emiliano Grillo-766
T7Jordan Spieth-766
T7Scottie Scheffler-766
T12Brian Harman-667
T12Luke List-667
T12Sepp Straka-667
T12Tom Hoge-667
T12Max Homa-667
T12Chris Kirk-667
T12Brendon Todd-667
T19Tom Kim-568
T19Byeong Hun An-568
T19J.T. Poston-568
T19Mackenzie Hughes-568
T19Cameron Young-568
T19Matt Wallace-568
T25Adam Schenk-469
T25Russell Henley-469
T25Patrick Rodgers-469
T25Tony Finau-469
T25Ludvig Åberg-469
T25Keegan Bradley-469
T25Tyrrell Hatton-469
T25Matt Fitzpatrick-469
T25Akshay Bhatia-469
T25Nick Taylor-469
T25Corey Conners-469
T25Sam Burns-469
T37Eric Cole-370
T37Davis Riley-370
T37Denny McCarthy-370
T37Si Woo Kim-370
T37Tommy Fleetwood-370
T37Rickie Fowler-370
T37Nico Echavarria-370
T37Adam Hadwin-370
T37Adam Svensson-370
T46Seamus Power-271
T46Hideki Matsuyama-271
T46Nick Hardy-271
T46Harris English-271
T46Taylor Moore-271
T46Justin Rose-271
T46Wyndham Clark-271
T53Lee Hodges-172
T53Lucas Glover-172
T53Kurt Kitayama-172
T53Erik van Rooyen-172
57Vincent NorrmanPar73
58Andrew Putnam+174
59Cam Davis+275
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The Sentry 2024

Date: January 4th - 7th 2024

Location: Plantation Course at Kapalua, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Purse: $20,000,000

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