3 things to know after Saturday at the Sanderson Farms Championship
We are through three rounds at the Sanderson Farms Championship, and it’s shaping up to be an exciting finish. Here are three things to know after Saturday at Country Club of Jackson.
1. Yellow Jackets go low
It was a rough day for Georgia Tech on the gridiron, but their golfers found much more success. Former Yellow Jackets Cameron Tringale and Seth Reeves carded the two lowest rounds of the day in Jackson, combining for a 19-under total between the two.
Tringale fired a bogey-free 62 that featured two eagles, while Reeves carded eight birdies and an eagle of his own to shoot a career-best 63.
The stellar sub-par rounds vaulted both of the former Yellow Jackets into the top 10 with Tringale T2 and Reeves T6 heading into Sunday. Each is searching for their first win on Tour.
2. Monday qualifier taking advantage
Grant Hirschman played his way into the field in Jackson courtesy of a 65 in the Monday qualifier to earn his second career PGA Tour start. And since earning his spot in the field, he’s taken advantage of the opportunity.
The Korn Ferry Tour member has gotten better every day at the Country Club of Jackson, opening with a two-under 70 and firing a 67 in Round 2. He continued that trend on Saturday as he carded a six-under 66 to reach 13 under and currently sits T16. In Hirschman’s only other Tour start, he finished T63 at the 2018 FedEx St. Jude Classic.
The former Oklahoma Sooner’s round was highlighted by a 135-yard hole out for eagle on the par-4 8th, one of seven sub-par holes on the day for the 26-year-old. If Hirschman can sneak into the top 10 on Sunday, he will earn a start in next week’s Shriner’s Children’s Open.
3. Rookie on top
Sahith Theegala earned his way into the Korn Ferry Finals by the slimmest of margins, eventually earning his PGA Tour card last month. Now that he’s got status, he’s looking to lock it down for many years to come via a win early in his first full season on Tour.
Theegala was bogey-free on Saturday as he fired five-under 67 for the second consecutive day. The 23-year-old used a strong back nine that featured four birdies to take the 54-hole lead in his second start of the young season.
“I really haven’t had time to think about it, it’s pretty wild,” Theegala said after the round. “Obviously really happy with how I ground that out.”
Theegla will play in the final group tomorrow as he looks to secure his first victory, and the two-year exemption that comes with it.