Sam Burns

Sam Burns

25-Year-Old Golfer
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2021–22 Fantasy Outlook
Burns didn't enter the PGA Tour with much hype in 2019, but entering 2020-21, there was a feeling that he was about to break through. That break through occurred at the Valspar Championship in May where he picked up his first PGA Tour win. Not one to rest on his laurels, Burns posted a runner-up in his next start on tour. His pace slowed a bit after that, but he managed to find another runner-up at the St. Jude in August. In all, it was an incredible year for Burns, one that he's unlikely to duplicate this year however. Burns should continue to get better, but his number is just too high for salary cap purposes this season. Read Past Outlooks
T19 at Sentry TOC
January 10, 2022
Burns closed with a four-under 69 on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish 19-under and tied for 19th.
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Burns' week at the Kapalua Resort was highlighted by a second-round 64 in which he tallied nine birdies to zero bogeys while hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation. He finished the tournament with 22 total tweeters, but Burns ranked 26th or worse in both SG: Off-the-Tee and SG: Approach. He'll remain second in the FedExCup standings, though he won't be in attendance at the upcoming Sony Open.
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23 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
Burns' second season on Tour came with mediocre results: 103rd in FedEx Cup points, 11-out-of-19 cuts made and three top-20 finishes. At only 24, it's likely we have yet to see the best of Burns, who won the Jack Nicklaus Award at the best collegiate golfer in 2017. Burns ranked inside the top 10 in driving distance and top-20 in SG: Off-the-tee last season, but has been held back by his chipping game where he's failed to crack the top 175 in either year on Tour. An improvement there could pay off big in 2020-21.
Burns had a solid, yet not quite spectacular rookie season on the PGA Tour this past year. He earned over $1 million, carded six top-10s and most importantly, secured his card for the upcoming season. His best finish came in the fall however and while he did post six top-10s, he was more of a hit or miss type of guy last season. There could be something there, but it's too early too tell. It's probably best to pass on Burns this season in salary cap formats.
The LSU product was named a first-team All-American and recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year award as the NCAA's top golfer during the 2016-17 season. He not only won on the Web.com Tour as a rookie in 2018, but also appeared in 11 PGA Tour events including a top-10 at the Honda Classic. Burns led the Web.com Tour in both birdie average and putting average, so he'll be a candidate to make some noise with a full schedule at the next level.
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Another strong showing at Albany
December 5, 2021
Burns finished in a share of third place after shooting a three-under 69 in the final round of the Hero World Challenge.
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Posts another top-10
November 14, 2021
Burns closed with a three-under 67 in the final round of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Houston Open to finish tied for seventh.
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Another strong showing early in season
October 17, 2021
Burns tied for fifth place at the CJ Cup after shooting a six-under 66 in the final round.
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Momentum slows Sunday
October 10, 2021
Burns recorded a one-over 72 in the final round of the Shriners Children's Open to finish tied for 14th place.
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Wins with masterclass ball striking
October 3, 2021
Burns won the Sanderson Farms Championship by one stroke after shooting a five-under 67 in the final round.
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