Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala plays his way into Genesis Open

Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala

Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala plays his way into Genesis Open

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Pepperdine's Sahith Theegala plays his way into Genesis Open

Pepperdine sophomore Sahith Theegala will make his PGA Tour debut this week at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Theegala, who is from Chino Hills, Calif., won the Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase Monday at Riviera to earn an exemption into this week’s Genesis Open.

Others competing in the event were Colorado’s Jeremy Paul, Kentucky’s Tyler McDaniel, Texas’ Gavin Hall, UCLA’s Tyler Collier and Washington’s Corey Pereira. PGA Tour players Jordan Spieth, J.B. Holmes and Kevin Chappell were among those who played alongside the collegiate players from their respective alma maters.

This is the third year of the event. Illinois’ Charlie Danielson won last year while Wake Forest’s Will Zalatoris captured the inaugural title. Danielson tied for 72nd last year.

Theegala made the quarterfinals of last summer’s U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills. This year’s U.S. Amateur? Well, it’s at Riviera.

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