12 Things You Didn't Know About Sam Burns

Get to know the American, Sam Burns, a little better here.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Sam Burns
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12 Things You Didn't Know About Sam Burns

Sam Burns has been a PGA Tour player since 2019, and is establishing himself as a player to watch. The American enjoyed a successful amateur career before turning professional in 2017. Here are 12 things you didn't know about Sam Burns.

12 Things You Didn't Know About Sam Burns

1. Samuel Holland Burns was born on the 23rd July 1996 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

2. The American went to Calvary Baptist Academy and then Louisiana State University.

3. Burns was a three-time individual state champion and was named AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2014.

4. In his sophomore season, he won four tournaments in 15 collegiate starts, and was named the NCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season.

5. Burns' hobbies include fishing, hunting and watching American football.

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6. The American made his PGA Tour debut at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2017, where he finished T43.

7. In 2018, playing the Honda Classic on a sponsor's exemption, Burns was paired with Tiger Woods (opens in new tab) in the final round. He actually beat Woods on the day by two-shots.

8. In his debut year on the Korn Ferry Tour, Burns won the Savannah Golf Championship and sealed his spot on the PGA Tour.

9. His best calendar year on Tour so far was 2021, in which he won twice, at the Valspar Championship and Sanderson Farms Championship.

10. In December 2019, Burns married his lifelong partner, Caroline Campbell.

11. In 2019, Burns played a round with President Donald Trump.

12. Burns has multiple sponsors, including Callaway, Adidas, Netjets and Mastercard. The American has a full Callaway bag, including an Odyssey putter.

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6