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Sahith Theegala has an experience he won't soon forget

Sahith Theegala has an experience he won't soon forget

He spent the final 36 holes of his first pro tournament playing in the same group with Phil Mickelson. He had an animated gallery with family, friends and teammates, a group that made at least as much noise as Mickelson’s always-large following when his putts found the hole.

Not bad for a 19-year-old college sophomore who got into the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club only after winning a qualifying tournament among other college players Monday at Riviera.

Yes, Sahith Theegala has had quite a week.

“I was almost too excited to have expectations,” he said. “I’ve been playing well, but playing well here kind of shocked me.”

Theegala, from Chino Hills and...

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