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Sam Burns wins Valspar Championship for first Tour victory

Sam Burns fired a 3-under-par 68 for his first PGA Tour victory, a three-shot win over his third-round co-leader Keegan Bradley within the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., on Sunday.

Burns, who shot a 17-under 267 for the match, completed Sunday’s spherical with bogeys on two of his remaining 4 holes, however his 1-under on the again 9 of Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course was sufficient. He additionally recorded three birdies on the again 9.

Burns, who has completed within the prime 10 in 4 tournaments this season, mentioned these alternatives gave him “a better understanding of what it takes, and I think having those past chances that I wasn’t able to convert, I think it got me ready for this moment. Going into the back nine, (caddie) Travis (Perkins) and I just really wanted to stick to our game plan, stick to the process of just being really engaged on each shot and we were able to do that.”

Bradley’s again 9, however, included a double-bogey, a bogey and no birdies. His even-par 71 on Sunday left him at 270 and alone in second place.

Bradley both led outright or was tied for the lead by way of the first three rounds.

“I just didn’t hit the shots I needed to coming down the end,” Bradley mentioned. “But I’m proud of the way I finished off to come in solo second. A lot of points at stake, World Ranking points, so that, I can take that away from it.”

Bradley, a four-time Tour winner together with on the 2011 PGA Championship, added that his recreation is “in great shape. … This is the best I’ve played in a very long time, even before I had won even when I had won BMW this is the best I’ve felt. So I’m excited.”

Viktor Hovland of Norway shot the day’s greatest spherical, a 65, to maneuver up right into a tie for third at 271 (13 beneath). He recorded 5 birdies on the entrance 9 and 7 for the day.

“I putted really good today and hit a lot of good iron shots that ended up close to where I didn’t have to do a whole lot to make a birdie,” Hovland mentioned. “Yeah, I did hit some bad iron shots today, and I did feel like I struggled to cut it into those right hole locations. But the few bad iron shots that I hit, I was really able to hit some really nice saves and some putts for par.”

Also at 271 was Cameron Tringale, who had three birdies on the entrance 9 however misplaced floor on the again 9, with two bogeys to go along with two birdies.

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer shot 2 beneath on Sunday to complete alone in fifth place at 12 beneath.

Vaughn Taylor (3 beneath for the day) and Max Homa (3 over) had been tied for sixth at 10 beneath.

–Field Level Media

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