Rookie Sahith Theegala gets his career-best finish (T2) on the PGA Tour

Rookie Sahith Theegala gets his career-best finish (T2) on the PGA Tour

Four months ago, Sahith Theegala narrowly missed his first PGA Tour victory at the WM Pheonix Open but after that near-miss in Arizona, Sahith was again in contention at last week’s Travelers Championship, following his three-round total of 14-under-196 for sole third place.

During the final round of the Travelers Championship, Sahith was bogey-free for nearly the entire round, and by the time the final hole (18) came, Sahith was the sole leader of the tournament at -19 but a double bogey on the eighteenth led Sahith to miss his chance for his maiden PGA Tour victory because with an overall score of 17-under-263, Sahith finished T2 on the final standings.

Xander Schauffele who begin his day at -17, scored a 68 in his fourth round to win the Travelers Championship at an overall score of 19-under-261.

The Travelers Championship was Sahith’s 38th start on the PGA Tour which happens to be Sahith’s second top-three finish of his 2022 PGA Tour season.

By finishing T2 in the Travelers Championhip, Sahith has bettered from his previous best-result of T3 in the WM Phoenix Open.

With a tied second finish at the Travelers Championship, Sahith’s quest for a first-career win on the PGA Tour continues.


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June 27, 2022 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Aldrich Potgieter becomes the third South African to win the R&A Amateur Championship

Aldrich Potgieter becomes the third South African to win the R&A Amateur Championship

From the 36-holes of the 127th R&A Amateur Championship Final, South Africa’s Aldrich Potgieter dominated the first eighteen holes by winning eight holes and losing only one (13) to go 7-UP.

Going into the last eighteen, England’s Sam Bairstow was 7-DN from his competitor.

In the final eighteen holes, Sam got off a good start where he won two holes (3, 6) to reduce the gap to 5-UP but the South African took one point back after winning on hole eight to end his front-nine at 6-UP.
Sam had a fantastic start of his back nine because he won four-times in five holes (10-14) to bring down Aldrich’s score to 2-UP.

With just four holes remaining, Sam made a blunder (double bogey) on the fifteenth hole which increased Aldrich’s score to 3-UP and shift the momentum to the South African. To stay in the match, Sam needed to win the third last hole of the tournament but he scored a par on the sixteenth to lose the Championship which made Aldrich won the 127th R&A Amateur Championship.

Aldrich, who won his first-ever Amateur Championship became the only third South African to win the event after Bobby Cole (1966), Jovan Rebula (2018).

Aldrich also became the second youngest player to win the Amateur Championship at age 17, the youngest-ever winner is Italy’s Matteo Manassero who won the 2009 Amateur Championship at age 16.

The winner of the 127th Amateur Championship gets a place in next month’s 150th Open at St Andrews, along with next year’s 2023 US Open, 2023 Masters Tournament hence, Aldrich will play in three out of the four majors.

And at last, Kudos to Sam Bairstow for putting up a fantastic show as he went from 7-DN in the first 18-holes to all the way to 3-DN for a runner-up finish in the 127th R&A Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, Lytham.


2022 Amateur Championship Finals Score: 3&2.

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June 19, 2022 - By Dhruv Trivedi

England’s Sam Bairstow to face South Africa’s Aldrich Potgieter in the Finals of 127th Amateur Championship

England’s Sam Bairstow to face South Africa’s Aldrich Potgieter in the Finals of 127th Amateur Championship

During the semi-finals of the 127th Amateur Championship, four players from three countries fought it out for the all-important final in men’s amateur golf.

The first was an all British semi-final - Sam Bairstow Vs John Gough, Sam dominated the match by going 5&4 and winning the semis on the fourteenth hole to confirm his place for tomorrow’s final.
In the second semi-final, Ireland’s Alex Maguire faced off South Africa’s Aldrich Potgieter. This was a close match but Aldrich managed to win the semis by scoring a par on the seventeenth hole. Final score: 3&1.

In the upcoming 127th Amateur Championship Finals, Sam Bairstow will face Aldrich Potgieter and between the two, there is a massive difference in world rankings (WAGR) because England’s Sam is ranked 19th while, South Africa’s Aldrich is ranked 140th in the world.

The 2022 Amateur Championship Finals will begin on 18th June 22’.

 

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June 18, 2022 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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