‘I'd Choose Majors Over Money’ - Sahith Theegala

The American says playing in the game's showpiece events means far more to him than money

Sahith Theegala takes a shot during the 2022 Sanderson Farms Championship
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The ascent of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf has meant that the issue of money in the game has never been far from the headlines in 2022. However, for Sahith Theegala, if it came down to a choice between money and the chance to compete in Majors, there’s only one winner. 

Speaking ahead of the Zozo Championship in Japan, the American said: “Oh, Majors for sure, not even close. OK, I don't want to say like money isn't a factor because anyone who says it isn't a factor is lying. It's a big factor. But I think if you asked a lot of the guys out here that truly - they do it to make money, but once you've kind of established yourself out here, you can make enough money playing golf on the PGA Tour and it's not about that anymore for a lot of guys.”

The World No.54 has yet to enjoy success in Majors with his best finish to date being the tie for 34th he achieved in July’s 150th Open at St Andrews. Meanwhile, he’s still awaiting his first PGA Tour win. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old is beginning to make an impact in the game, as evidenced by his PGA Tour Rookie of the Year nomination and tie for 6th in the PGA Tour season opener, The Fortinet Championship.

Theegala is aiming for another solid PGA Tour performance in Japan, and he explained why he thinks it's the best Tour, despite the temptations offered by LIV Golf. He said: “I still feel like honestly the PGA Tour is where the best golf is being played and the best players still are. But again, like at least for me, and I've talked about it with a lot of other rookies last year, we've dreamt to play on the PGA Tour and all the legacy and history that comes with that, it's all great and it's very important.”

For Theegala, though, competing in Majors is his ultimate aim. Despite a tough test awaiting him as part of a strong field this week, he explained he’s already looking ahead to next year’s biggest events. He said: “I bet I'm going to be so nervous at Augusta, but I already know it's going to be one of the best weeks of my life. The Open was incredible, but at the time it kind of felt like a one-off. Like I said, what I want to do is just compete against the best in the world and try to get the best out of myself and soak it all in with other guys. I don't think there's any better place to do that than at a Major championship.”

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.