Sam Burns goes back to back at Valspar to win again

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21Mar2022

By : BGA

Sam Burns goes back to back at Valspar to win again.

Burns claims his 3rd victory in a year at Valspar in a playoff over Davis Riley.

Starting the day 3 shots back, Burns slowly picked the course apart. He was out in 1 under and came home in 1 under but it wasn’t without its drama. On his 17th hole, he had to scramble to save an 8-foot bogey to only drop him one shot. If he missed, he would have missed the playoff with Riley but just scrapped in.

In the first playoff hole, both players made par, and then on the second playoff hole, Burns was on the edge of the green with a 32-foot putt and holes it for the victory.

“Man, it's crazy,” Burns said. “Davis played well today, especially the way he finished. I tried to stay steady. I didn't make a lot of mistakes. A lot of time on Sunday if you plot your way around, make a bunch of pars, throw in a few birdies, a lot of times it works well. So happy.”

“Sam is a hell of a player,” Riley said afterward. “Anytime you give somebody who’s playing well a putt within 30 feet, you always think there’s a chance, so I went into there thinking he was going to give it a really good run. It doesn’t surprise me. He’s been a very putter for a long time.” 

The victory moves Burns to No. 2 in the FexExCup and No. 10 in the world for the first time, knocking Dustin Johnson out of the top 10 for the first time in seven years.
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