Former LSU All-American Sam Burns rides hot streak into U.S. Open competition


Former LSU All-American Sam Burns makes his fourth appearance in the U.S. Open starting Thursday when the 122nd edition of the Grand Slam event takes place at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Burns tees off at 12:14 p.m. CT and will be paired with Abraham Ancer and Thomas Pieters. The group will tee off on No. 10 and the action can be seen on USA Network as well as NBC.

Burns, a native of Shreveport and the winner of the 2017 Jack Nicklaus Player of Year as a sophomore at LSU, is currently the No. 9 ranked golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking and is second in the FedEx Cup standings.

In 17 starts in 2021-22, Burns has won three PGA Tour events and finished in the top 10 eight times.

Burns, who won the Valspar Championship in March, has finished second at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans and then won the Charles Schwab Challenge on May 29. Last week, Burns carded a 14-under total to place in a tie for fourth at the Canadian Open.

Burns’ other PGA Tour victory this season came in October when he posted a 72-hole total of 22-under to claim the Sanderson Farm Championship.

Burns first appeared in the U.S. Open following his freshman season at LSU in 2016. He followed that with appearances in 2018 and last year. His top finish came in 2018 when he tied for 41st with a 72-hole total of 14-over par (71-76-75-72—294). Last year at Torrey Pines, Burns opened with rounds of 73 and 74 and missed the cut by one stroke.

This will mark Burns’ third appearance in a major championship this year. He tied for 20th at the PGA Championship in late April at 1-over par (71-67-71-72—281). He missed the cut at The Masters in early April by one stroke.

At LSU, Burns left as the school’s record holder for career scoring average (71.13) and his 70.05 stroke average in 2016-17 ranks as the best in school history dating back to 1982. Burns won four tournaments during his LSU career, including the NCAA Regional played at the University Club in Baton Rouge in 2017.

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