Sam Burns has been main the Genesis Invitational since capturing a tournament-best 7-under 64 on Thursday.
He overcame windy circumstances on Saturday and finished off a 74 on Sunday morning, the best rating of any participant within the prime 10, to assert a two-stroke lead.
Listed below are 5 Issues You Have to Know in regards to the 24-year-old former LSU star from Shreveport, Louisiana, who’s bidding for his debut victory on the PGA Tour.
2014 AJGA Rolex Junior Participant of the 12 months; a three-time state champion at Louisiana; All-American and Jack Nicklaus Award winner in 2016-17. He might not have grabbed the headlines as shortly as Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Wolff however he’s received sport and he’s undoubtedly been “trending.”
Holding a stage head
How does Burns, who certified for the 2016 U.S. Open as an newbie, hold a stage head on a tricky course enjoying beneath powerful circumstances?
“I believe rising up with older siblings I used to be pressured to be that means simply because I couldn’t overpower them, I couldn’t actually do what I needed to do,” he stated on Friday. “I do know a golf course like this, whenever you sort of run scorching round right here and begin getting somewhat scorching emotion, it undoubtedly doesn’t assist.”
Holding a lead
Burns held a share of the 54-hole lead in Houston, however shot 72 on Sunday and completed T-7. Burns has struggled within the remaining spherical, capturing within the 70s in 5 of his seven remaining rounds for a median rating of 70.57, almost two strokes increased than his Thursday-Friday scoring common. Nonetheless, he’s assured his time will come.
“Comparability is sort of the thief of pleasure. I attempt to keep as far-off from that as attainable,” he stated. “There’s no timeline for me.”
Impressed by a significant champion
Burns grew up buddies with Carter Toms, son of 2001 PGA Championship winner David Toms.
“He’s spent a whole lot of time round the home, gone on holidays with us, performed a whole lot of PlayStation upstairs,” David Toms recalled to PGA Tour.com in 2019. “Simply watched them develop up – and watched him turn into an important golfer.”
For Burns, that included becoming a member of the Toms household on a visit to Fort Price, Texas, and witnessing the 13-time PGA Tour winner’s remaining victory in individual on the 2011 Charles Schwab Problem at Colonial Nation Membership. “One of many issues I bear in mind was I used to be watching when he holed the wedge for eagle. That was fairly cool to see,” he stated. “And I simply bear in mind everyone was actually excited to observe and, you recognize, as a 14-year-old child watching any PGA Tour participant, a lot much less a man that you simply knew, in competition that it was only a actually particular second.”
Would possibly that be a reminiscence that Burns tries to faucet into on Sunday?
Dueling with Tiger
Within the remaining spherical of the 2018 Honda Basic, Burns, 21 on the time, drew Woods in his remaining spherical pairing. When requested if he had ever performed with Woods, his childhood favourite, Burns answered, “Solely on the online game.” He even had the chutzpah to say to Woods as they walked off the primary tee, “Man, it’s loopy all these individuals who got here out to observe me right now, isn’t it?”
That wasn’t the one burn from Burns. He beat Woods straight up, capturing a bogey-free 68 to Tiger’s 70. If he can shoot one other quantity like that this Sunday with Dustin Johnson and others respiration down his neck, Burns doubtless might be handed the Genesis Invitational trophy by none aside from event host, Tiger Woods.