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Sahith Theegala's two-stroke victory equals the largest in Fortinet Championship history (fifth occasion and first since Stewart Cink/2020). Photo: Gulf News

Sahith Theegala (Won/-21) picked up his first career PGA TOUR title at the Fortinet Championship in his 74th career start at the age of 25 years, 9 months, 13 days

Fourth win by a California native at the event in the last five years, joining Cameron Champ/2019 and Max Homa/2021-22.

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Becomes the 12th first-time winner of the season and first since Lee Hodges (3M Open).

 

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Is the sixth player to make the Fortinet Championship their maiden TOUR victory (first since Kevin Tway/2018).

At 267, equalled the lowest score since the event moved to Silverado Resort’s North Course in 2014 (Stewart Cink/2020).

The two-stroke victory equals the largest in Fortinet Championship history (fifth occasion and first since Stewart Cink/2020).

 

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Sahith’s previous-best finish on TOUR: T2/2022 Travelers Championship, T2/2022 RSM Classic.

Recorded his eighth top-10 in 29 starts during the 2022-23 season and first since a T5 at the RBC Heritage.

Wins in his fourth start at the Fortinet Championship (T14/2020, T47/2021, T6/2022, Won/2023).

 

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Improves to 1-for-3 to date with the 54-hole lead/co-lead (2021 Sanderson Farms Championship/T8, 2022 WM Phoenix Open/T3, 2023 Fortinet Championship/Won).

Making his 35th PGA TOUR start, 36-hole co-leader and PGA TOUR rookie SH Kim finished runner-up on his 25th birthday; previous-best finish was T4 at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open.

 

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Cam Davis earned his fourth top-10 finish in his last five TOUR starts (3M Open/T10, Wyndham Championship/T7, FedEx St. Jude Championship/T6, BMW Championship/40th, Fortinet Championship/3rd).

In search of his first TOUR victory in his 36th start (best: 2nd/2023 Classic in The Palm Beaches), Eric Cole finished fourth; the Arnold Palmer Award (PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year) will be voted on after the FedExCup Fall, with Cole the only rookie who advanced to the BMW Championship.

Justin Thomas picked up his fourth straight top-10 finish at the Fortinet Championship (T3/2015, T8/2016, T4/2019, 5th/2023); is his best result since finishing fourth at the 2023 WM Phoenix Open.

 

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Two-time defending champion Max Homa finished T7 in bid to become the first player to win the same PGA TOUR event three straight years since Steve Stricker (John Deere Classic/2009-11).

With a 7-under 65, Troy Merritt cards the round of the day to pick up his second top-10 finish in 13 starts at the Fortinet Championship (T4/2018, T7/2023).