Who is Sam Burns?
Sam Burns is another of the young American cohort climbing the rankings in the world of golf, with five PGA Tour titles to his name.
The American was a three-time individual state champion and was named AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 2014 after winning the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Junior PGA Championship. He would go on to win six times during his collegiate career at Louisiana State University.
After turning professional, Burns claimed his first title on the Web.com Tour, winning the Savannah Golf Championship in April 2018. He then went on to secure his PGA Tour card for the 2019 season, and has been there ever since. Burns has gone on to win five times on the PGA Tour, including the Valspar Championship in back-to-back years.
His biggest win to date came in March 2023, as he defeated Adam Hadwin, Adam Scott, Seamus Power, Patrick Cantlay, Mackenzie Hughes, Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Young on his way to winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Six months later, he was chosen as a captain’s pick for the 2023 Ryder Cup by Team USA captain Zach Johnson.
Sam Burns | An Overview
Name: Samuel Holland Burns
Born: July 23, 1996
Nationality: United States
Residence: Choudrant, Louisiana, United States
College: Louisiana State University
Turned Pro: 2017
Professional Wins: 6
Highest World Ranking: 9 – May 29, 2022
Best Results In Majors
Professional Wins – 8
2018 (1) – Savannah Golf Championship
2021 (2) – Valspar Championship, Sanderson Farms Championship
2022 (2) – Valspar Championship, Charles Schwab Challenge
2023 (1) – WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Sam Burns | What’s In His Bag?
Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond S (9º, Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 TX shaft)
Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond T (16º, Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X shaft)
Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW (21º, Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft)
Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-AW, Project X 6.5 shafts (4-PW), True Temper Dynamic Gold x100 Tour Issue (AW))
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (56-14F, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft), Titleist WedgeWorks B7 Proto (60-T, True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue shaft)
Putter: Odyssey O Works 7S Black
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Sam Burns
When and where was Sam Burns born?
Sam Burns was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 23, 1996. He began playing at a young age and went on to have a solid collegiate career before turning professional.
When did Sam Burns turn professional?
Burns turned professional in 2017 after spending his college years at Louisiana State University, where he studied Sports Administration.
How many PGA Tour titles has Sam Burns won?
As of September 2023, Burns has five PGA Tour titles to his name. He won back-to-back Valspar Championships in 2021 and 2022, with the Sanderson Farms Championship and the Charles Schwab Challenge trophies also in his cabinet. In 2023, he claimed the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play crown.
Who is Sam Burns married to?
Burns is married to childhood sweetheart Caroline Campbell, with the pair getting married in December 2019. They met at the age of 5 and despite attending different high schools, would go on to attend Louisiana State University together. Campbell was a good track and field athlete in her younger years, winning the state championship in the 300 metre hurdles.
Did you Know?
Back-To-Back Valspar Championship Winner
Burns became the second consecutive back-to-back winner of the Valspar Championship. Paul Casey had done so in 2018 and 2019, and following the cancellation of the event a year later due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Burns then won the Valspar in both 2021 and 2022.
Seven In A Row
Sam Burns won seven consecutive matches to lift the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He became the first man to do so since 2017, and defeated Adam Hadwin, Adam Scott, Seamus Power, Patrick Cantlay, Mackenzie Hughes, Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Young on his way to winning in Austin, Texas.
Junior Ryder Cup to Ryder Cup
Burns was a member of the successful USA team at the Junior Ryder Cup in 2014. Nine years later, he will make his debut at the Ryder Cup in Rome, having been one of Zach Johnson’s picks for the American 12.