Sam Burns
Sam Burns
25-Year-Old Golfer
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
Unable to make run in final round
August 29, 2021
Burns fell into solo eighth place after shooting a two-under 70 in the final round of the BMW Championship.
Burns came into the final round four shots off the lead hoping to make a run, but he just couldn't get anything going. He ended up birdieing two of the last three holes to close out a top-10. Burns will begin the Tour Championship at four-under as he looks to challenge for a FedExCup title.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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 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 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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Lips out to lose playoff
August 8, 2021
Burns fell to Abraham Ancer on the second playoff hole after shooting a six-under 64 in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
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Won't play Wyndham Championship
August 6, 2021
Burns won't play at the upcoming Wyndham Championship, Rob Bolton of reports.
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Listed in Memorial field
May 31, 2021
Burns (back) is listed in the field for this week's Memorial Tournament.
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Pulls out of PGA with back issue
May 20, 2021
Burns (back) withdrew during the first round of the PGA Championship with a back injury.
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Unable to convert 54-hole lead
May 16, 2021
Burns closed with a final round two-under 70 at the AT&T Byron Nelson, finishing three shots behind champion K.H. Lee.
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