Oct 4th, 2021
Sam Burns wins Sanderson Farms Championship
In-form American claims his second PGA title of 2021
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The American is having a great 2021, having won the Valspar Championship in May and finishing eighteenth in the FedEx Cup rankings.
Burns started the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship one shot behind overnight leader Sahith Theegala and stayed in contention with three birdies in his first seven holes.
A run of four birdies in five holes from the 11th tee saw Burns grab the lead and despite a bogey at the last he held on for his second PGA title In six months.
At the Sanderson Farms Championship, Burns was imperious, birdieing four holes in a five-hole stretch over the back nine to secure a second title in six months.
“This win is huge, it’s the first event of the new season for me and I enjoy coming to this place because it’s the closest event to home, so my family can drive over and I just love this area and the golf course,” said Burns.
“The main thing was that we knew what our game plan was. The nerves were there a little bit on 18, but I saw the leaderboard on the 17th green and I felt the guys behind us weren’t quite close enough to catch us.”
Swede Henrik Norlander had the round of the day 64, which catapulted him up the leaderboard to twenty-under-par. Nick Watney made a similar charge and after his 65, held the clubhouse lead on twenty-one-under.
Cameron Young joined Watney at the top of the leaderboard following a final round of 67 but Burns was two clear playing the last and held his nerve tapping in for a bogey and the win.
Theegala had a disappointing closing round taking three bogies on the back nine in his one-under 71 to finish in a tie for eight. Playing partner Cameron Tringale also closed with a 71, which dropped him down into a share of ninth place.