Former LSU Golfer Sam Burns Finishes T6 In PGA Event
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OPELIKA, Alabama – Former LSU All-America golfer Sam Burns, who is expected to turn pro in September, gave fans a good look at the possibilities ahead as the Shreveport native posted some amazing numbers in his appearance as an amateur at this weekend’s PGA Barbasol Championship.
Burns, the winner of the Jack Nicklaus Award as National College Golfer of the Year in 2017, posted his third straight round of 5-under 66 on Sunday to close the gap from first to sixth place from six to three strokes from Saturday to Sunday, but he finished the 72-holes still in a tie for sixth.
Grayson Murray posted a three-under 68 on the afternoon to finish the event at 21-under par 263 to win.
Burns posted amazing numbers with rounds of 68-66-66-66 – 266 (18-under par) with 23 total birdies and just 5 bogeys. In each of his three rounds of 66 he posted six birdies and just one bogey (including a birdie on the 72nd hole on Sunday) and five birdies and two bogeys in his round of 68 on Thursday.
Burns after his final round tweeted the following: “Thank you to everyone for the support this week! Pretty fun week and a great final day @BarbasolPGATOUR on my birthday.”
If Burns, who still hopes to play in the Walker Cup in Los Angeles this September before turning pro, would have made $113,312.50 if someone who was a professional had been in that position in the tournament. The Walker Cup team is to be named after the August U.S. Amateur which several LSU golfers will take part of. That event is also in Los Angeles.
Smylie Kaufman, another former LSU golfer who has a career PGA win, had a strong event with a final round 67 to finish T12 at -15 269. Kaufman is still alive for a shot to make the Fed Ex Playoffs moving up to 134, trying to get to the top 125 to be eligible for the opening event in August.