Sam Burns fired a 5-under 67 to win the Sanderson Farms Championship by a shot Sunday at the Country Club of Jackson. Here’s everything you need to know from Sunday’s finish in Mississippi.
Leaderboard: Sam Burns (-22), Nick Watney (-21), Cameron Young (-21), Henrik Norlander (-20), Hayden Buckley (-20), Andrew Landry (-20), Trey Mullinax (-20)
How it happened: Beginning Sunday at 17 under, a shot back of 54-hole leader Sahith Theegala, the 25-year-old Burns showed why he’s considered one of the best rising stars in the game. It was a final-round leaderboard filled with recent Korn Ferry Tour grads and PGA Tour rookies, and many of them, including Burns’ former college peers in Young and Buckley, didn’t back down. However, Burns, an LSU product from Shreveport, Louisiana, turned on the jets after a 2-under front nine, birdieing Nos. 11, 13, 14 and 15 to catch and pass Theegala, another amateur contemporary of Burns who bogeyed three of the first four holes on the back side to ruin his shot. Burns built a late two-shot lead and gave himself just the right amount of cushion to absorb a closing bogey and win by a shot at 22 under, a tournament record.
What it means: Burns may have to wait at…
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