McKINNEY, Texas — It took practically 4 years for Sam Burns to interrupt by way of and win on the PGA Tour. He’s hoping the sequel will are available in a lot shorter order.
Burns was merely scintillating on a heat, sunny day, bludgeoning TPC Craig Ranch on Friday throughout the second spherical of the AT&T Byron Nelson. By day’s finish, the 24-year-old rode a 62 to take the lead into the third spherical.
Sure, Burns had squandered two earlier 54-hole leads this season, however he proved he can shut — making three birdies on the remaining 9 holes to erase a one-stroke deficit at the flip and win the Valspar Championship by three strokes over Keegan Bradley final month.
On Friday, in entrance of a rowdy and sizable crowd, Burns posted a career-best 10 beneath. He’ll enter the weekend making an attempt to develop into the first participant to win his first two occasions in consecutive begins since Camilo Villegas did it in 2008.
“Everything out there felt great. I just feel like we got into a good rhythm throughout the round. I made a run right there on the back nine, and so it was nice to be able to finish it off with two birdies at the end,” Burns mentioned. “A good way to end the day. Just trying to get a good game plan out here for tomorrow and let’s see what happens.”
Giving chase are Ok.H, Lee, Alex Noren, Doc Redman and J.J. Spaun. Six golfers, together with Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar, are six bac at 11 beneath.
The understated Burns insisted he’s merely reaping the rewards from some high quality work funding.
“The biggest thing for me is just seeing the hard work that we put in it, to start seeing results from that. A lot of times you don’t know how long the results are going to take. Golf is a fickle game,” he mentioned. “It’s cool to see some feedback from the progress we’ve made back home and seeing it in tournament play as well.”
But don’t anticipate to see a lot completely different from the former LSU star on Saturday, even with some potential climate blips on the radar. It’s possible he’ll observe an identical recreation plan, one which netted 4 birdies on the entrance throughout the second spherical and 6 extra on the again.
“I think we just continue to do what we been doing. Don’t do anything more than I have to. Don’t try to play outside what I’m capable of,” he mentioned. “Just continue to put ourselves in the right spots and see what happens.”