Who is Sahith Theegala? Bio for the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open leader
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Who is Sahith Theegala? Bio for the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open leader

A photo of golfer Sahith Theegala

Sahith Theegala has the lead in the weekend rounds of the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour party of the year at TPC Scottsdale. Theegala could secure his second PGA Tour win against a strong field.

Theegala is 26 years old, and he has status on the PGA Tour this season after winning in the fall at the 2023 Fortinet Championship. Coming into this week, Theegala had a fresh slate for the new season but had established himself as a young gun to watch.

However, for Theegala, his journey to the PGA Tour and being on the precipice of a life-changing PGA Tour win is a remarkable story.

Theegala is hitting his prime

Sahith Theegala has won at every level, including at Pepperdine University, where he was a standout collegiate player known for his phenomenal short game, quick play and love of imaginative golf.

On the Korn Ferry Tour during the 2021 superseason, Theegala earned enough points to get into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, where he finished T-4 and 6th in the final two events to secure PGA Tour status.

Entering this week, Theegala was 32nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. He earned his way into this event through his status as a top-50 player in last season's FedEx Cup standings.

In his personal life, Theegala is still at home with his parents in California as he makes his way in the world.

What a win in Maui means

With a win today, Theegala would earn the benefits of being a PGA Tour winner, including berths into the The Players in March, the Masters next April, the 2024 PGA Championship and British Open Championship in July.

He would gain an additional year on his exemption from winning in the fall. And, according to the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open payout, he would win $1.584 million to top it all off.

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