Sam Burns Claims Sanderson Farms Championship

Sam Burns Claims Sanderson Farms Championship

Sam Burns Sanderson Farms Championship
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Sam Burns secured his second PGA Tour title, with a final round 67 good enough for a one shot victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Sam Burns Claims Sanderson Farms Championship

The American has been one of the in-form players over the last 18 months, registering multiple top-10s and his first victory at the Valspar Championship in May.

At the Sanderson Farms Championship, Burns was imperious, birdieing four holes in a five-hole stretch over the back nine to secure a second title in six months.

Sam Burns Sanderson Farms Championship

Burns at the Valspar Championship in May. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Starting just one shot back of overnight leader Sahith Theegala, Burns got out the blocks well, with three birdies in seven holes keeping him near the top.

There were a number of big movers on the final day, as we saw Nick Watney and Henrik Norlander shoot 7 and 8-under-par rounds to catapult themselves up the leaderboard, eventually finishing at 21-under-par for the tournament to set the clubhouse target.

Burns though was beginning to show his class in Mississippi, with a birdie at the 11th being followed by a trio of birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th to give himself a two-shot cushion.

Pars followed at the 16th and 17th, with a bogey at the last proving only a minor blip as he tapped in for a five-under-par final round and the second title of his young career.

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Speaking after his round, Burns said "This win is huge, it's the first event of the new season for me and I enjoy coming to this place because it's the closest event to home, so my family can drive over and I just love this area and the golf course.

"The main thing was that we knew what our game plan was. The nerves were there a little bit on 18, but I saw the leaderboard on the 17th green and I felt the guys behind us weren't quite close enough to catch us.

"That's when it hit me that if I can get it up around the green and make a four or a five then we would win this thing."

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