Sahith Theegala during the final round
Sahith Theegala of Chino Hills, Calif. birdied the first playoff hole to win the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), outlasting Min Woo Lee of Australia.
The elite amateur championship was held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
After 72 holes, the two players were tied at 3-under par, and went back to play the par-5 18th hole again. Theegala hit his second shot to the back edge of the green, hole high. Lee flared his second shot into the trees on the right, and after a free drop from an embedded lie punched a remarkable 150-yard shot through the trees to 45 feet from the hole. Lee then two-putted for par, and Theegala dropped a 5-footer for birdie and the win.
Sahith Theegala hits on the 10th hole during the third round
After playing 36 holes today in temperatures that reached the mid-80s, Sahith Theegala of Chino Hills, Calif. was the lone player to break the logjam and claim the top spot on the leaderboard after three rounds at the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), being held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
Theegala began the day three shots behind the leaders, but a morning round of 5-under 67 vaulted him into contention with playing partners John Oda of Honolulu and Sulman Raza of Eugene, Ore.
With 36 holes being played today during the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship, players are making the most of ideal weather conditions, firing at flags and shooting some low numbers on the championship-rich layout.
Shintaro Ban, who plays for the UNLV Runnin' Rebels, put up a respectable 5-under 67 in this morning's round, which included two eagles (on the par-5 holes, number two and 18), to immediately post his name on the first page of the leaderboard. After a 4-over 76 in yesterday's opening round, he needed to make something happen.
Sammamish, Wash. - Min Woo Lee of Australia and Drew McCullough of Richland, Wash. each shot 4-under 68 to sit tied for the lead after the first round of the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), being held at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash.
The co-leaders are two of 11 players in the 66-man field of elite amateurs to break par on the championship layout.
by Paul Ramsdell
While treeless golf courses seem to be in vogue right now, especially with the USGA currently taking its U.S. Open to four virtually treeless venues in a row, one specialized golf shot is getting left behind.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Wash. won his second PGA Tour title at the Quicken Loans National, defeating Charles Howell III with a par on the first playoff hole (No. 18) of sudden death.
The victory at first-time tournament host venue TPC Potomac vaulted Stanley 24 spots in the PGA Tour's 2016-17 FedExCup standings into 14th place.
Sammamish, Wash. - An impressive field of world-class amateur talent will converge on the Pacific Northwest and Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. for the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), to be played July 5-7, 2017. The championship will be contested over 72 holes of stroke play, with 18 holes being played the first day, 36 the second, and 18 on the third and final day. Admission is free to watch the championship.
The SPC took a hiatus in 2016 while the club hosted the 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, won by Brooke Henderson in a playoff with Lydia Ko.
This year the SPC field will consist of 66 of the top amateur golfers from around the world.
Sulman Raza (photo courtesy UWire)
by Paul Ramsdell
For the four University of Oregon golfers in the 2017 Sahalee Players Championship, gathering at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. in July will give them a chance to talk again about how close they came to being back-to-back NCAA team champions.
The Ducks, after winning the national title in dramatic fashion on their home course of Eugene Country Club in 2016, made it to the match-play team final at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. at the end of May, before losing 3-1-1 to Oklahoma in the final.
Photo by Scott Walstrom/NIU Athletics
Recent U.S. Open qualifiers John Oda and Sahith Theegala commit to play
by Paul Ramsdell
John Oda, an early commitment to the 23rd Sahalee Players Championship (SPC), will be riding a hot hand when the amateur championship returns to Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. next month after a one-year hiatus.
Oda, a senior-to-be at Nevada-Las Vegas, topped the field at the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in California, shooting a 64 at Newport Beach Country Club and a 68 at Big Canyon Country Club for an 11-under total to lead the field by two shots.