Sam Burns earned his first PGA Tour win in his 76th profession begin Sunday at the Valspar Championship. Right here’s the whole lot it is advisable to know from the ultimate spherical on the Copperhead course at Innisbrook.
Leaderboard: Burns (-17), Bradley (-14), Viktor Hovland (-13), Cameron Tringale (-13), Abraham Ancer (-12), Max Homa (-10), Vaughn Taylor (-10)
What it means: This was the sixth time in lower than a yr that Burns had been within the high 4 on the leaderboard coming into the ultimate spherical – the third time he had at the least share of the 54-hole lead. He had collapsed earlier than; he has been surpassed earlier than. Neither would occur this Sunday. With the win, Burns secured the usual spoils: two-year Tour exemption, his first Masters invite for 2022, a spot within the upcoming PGA Championship. He additionally netted $1,242,000 to grow to be the thirty eighth participant this season to earn in extra of $2 million and moved to 14th within the FedExCup standings.
It means much more to Burns as a result of his spouse, mom, father and different relations had been readily available to have fun.
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The way it occurred: It was an intriguing battle between a participant searching for his first Tour title and one other vying for simply his second within the final 9 years. Burns and Bradley began the ultimate spherical tied for the lead and it was a two-man match for many of the day. Burns grabbed the lead early, Bradley had it by the flip, and so they had been again to even by the par-3 thirteenth. That’s the place Bradley hit his tee shot into the water, resulting in double bogey. Coupled with a Burns birdie on the par-5 14th, and the 24-year-old had a three-shot lead with 4 to play.
At that time it was a matter of if Burns might keep away from beating himself, as a result of Bradley didn’t apply any strain. After Burns bogeyed the par-3 fifteenth, Bradley missed a 4-footer for par to drop a shot as nicely. Burns then picked up one other stroke with a birdie at No. 16, leaving him with loads of cushion to make a bogey on the final inconsequential.
Spherical of the day: Hovland’s 6-under 65 was the low rating on Sunday. Seven birdies and one bogey garnered him a tie for third. Burns, in the meantime, shot 3-under 68, with 5 birdies and two bogeys.
Shot of the day: Burns hit numerous high quality photographs within the closing spherical, however the swing that modified the match was Bradley’s water ball at 13.
Largest disappointment: Homa. He started the ultimate spherical trailing by one and shortly drew even with a birdie on the par-5 first. He wouldn’t make one other birdie the remainder of the day. Homa, who overcame Burns to win this yr’s Genesis Invitational, bogeyed Nos. 3 and eight, and was 4 off the tempo by the flip. He completed with a 3-over 74 and tied for sixth.