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Good Sports: Theegala Wins First PGA Title

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
November 2023
Good Sports: Theegala Wins First PGA Title

Playing in just his second season on the PGA Tour, Sahith Theegala recently won his first title, the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California.

With a final round of 68, the 25-year-old finished two strokes ahead of S.H. Kim of Korea. A three-time All- American at Pepperdine University, Theegala expressed pride in his Indian heritage and the achievements of
Indian athletes.

“I just love seeing other Indians sort of rise to the occasion in sports,” Theegala told IANS. “Neeraj (Chopra) won a couple of gold medals; I think it was the first gold medal for India in track and field in the Olympics. That’s huge for the country.”

He gave credit to his father, Muralidhar, for introducing him to sports, especially basketball and golf, which they would often watch together.

“All he knew when he came from India was academics,” Theegala said. “He and my mom did such a good job of just kind of learning how to almost hybrid parent between this Indian culture and American culture and let me play sports, let me spend a lot of time on sports.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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