Sam Burns Claims Maiden PGA Tour Title

Sam Burns Claims Maiden PGA Tour Title

Sam Burns Valspar
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Sam Burns claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Valspar Championship as a final round 68 secured a three shot victory.

Sam Burns Claims Maiden PGA Tour Title

Starting the day in a share of the lead with Keegan Bradley. Burns started his round perfectly with back-to-back birdies at the first and second hole.

In what would be a common theme throughout the day, Bradley would claw the lead back with birdies at the fifth and sixth.

Bradley, who was without a win since 2018, would then birdie the ninth hole to take a one shot lead into the back nine.

Sam Burns Valspar

Bradley's last victory came at the 2018 BMW Championship (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Burns (opens in new tab) though would birdie the 11th to get back into a tie with his fellow countryman. Then came a pivotal point in the tournament.

With Bradley finding the water at the par-3 12th hole, Burns (opens in new tab) would hole an eight foot par putt to gain a two shot lead.

The American would then birdie the next hole to stretch his lead further, and with another birdie at the 16th, Burns would take a four shot lead into the last two holes.

Despite a bogey at the 18th, the 24-year-old would secure a three shot victory and his first PGA Tour title.

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Speaking after his round, the American said: "I've worked so hard for this moment, and my family have sacrificed so much. My wife has been by my side through all of this, as well as my whole family. So this is a dream come true.

"The drive I hit on the 14th was a little too far right but we laid up and made a stress free birdie which was huge and that was a big cushion for me.

"I loved every minute of it today, it was just such a joy out there today. It's what we work for, to have those moments, but today showed we are working on the right things and we are progressing in certain areas of the game."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x