The Fortinet Championship has long been the Tour’s annual curtain raiser and is a tournament that rarely disappoints.
After two rounds of this year’s championship, we have a tie at the top with S.H Kim and Sahith Theegala leading the way on -12. A host of players find themselves in contention with the two time defending champion, Max Homa, nicely placed four strokes behind.
Often this time of the PGA season is reserved for some of the Tour’s lesser lights but with the Ryder Cup just a few weeks away, both Max Homa and Justin Thomas have teed it up this week.
After missing last season’s FedEx playoffs entirely, a few eyebrows were raised when Thomas was selected to be a part of Zach Johnson’s Ryder Cup squad.
Clearly keen to prove the doubters wrong, Thomas has been in great form this week and currently sits at -8, four strokes off the lead. Driving the ball superbly well, the two time major champion looks nicely positioned to challenge over the weekend.
Joining Thomas on -8 is Max Homa. The winner of this tournament in each of the past two seasons, Homa’s defense got off to a slow start, but he produced some magic in his second round to climb up the leaderboard.
Currently leading the way are Sahith Theegala and S.H Kim.
After a brilliant first round 65, Kim didn’t show any signs of nerves as he produced a solid 67 to cement his position at the top.
He was joined by Theegala who flew up the leaderboard courtesy of a brilliant second round 64. Still to win on Tour, Theegala has proved time and time again that he can be a birdie machine. If the flat sticks continue to fire, he could be the one to beat this weekend.
Thirty players will start today’s third round within six strokes off the lead and this year’s Fortinet is certainly up for grabs.
All attention will be on the pair of Max Homa and Justin Thomas. Teeing off with 21 PGA Titles between them, both will be looking for a solid weekend before their attentions turn to Rome and the defense of the Ryder Cup trophy.
Of the two it might be worth siding Homa. Born and raised in the Golden State, Homa is somewhat of a specialist when it comes to winning titles in his home state, with five of his six wins coming on Californian soil.
Homa rounded out last year’s season in good style with top ten finishes in both the BMW Championship and St Jude. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the shake up once again.
Of the two current leaders, Sahith Theegala looks to be the sensible play. Named the PGA Rookie of the Year back in 2021, Theegala has troubled many leaderboards but as of yet is yet to end a tournament out on top.
Prolific with his putter, Theegala has the ability to score heavily this weekend and could be tough to overthrow at the top.
Cameron Davis has climbed steadily up the rankings and now finds himself ranked inside the top 50. A massive hitter of the ball, Davis looks destined for the top of the game and has already claimed one PGA title.
He will start four behind the leaders today but could be the best value play of the day.
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