Sam Burns player profile

Who is Sam Burns?

He won the last edition of the Dell Technologies Match Play, but who is Sam Burns? Find out more with our player profile here…


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 seven players, including Adam Scott, 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 | Player Profile

Personal Information

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

Best Finishes:
Masters Tournament – T29 (2023)
PGA Championship – T20 (2022)
– US Open – T27 (2022)
Open Championship – T42 (2022)

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?

Burns is a Callaway player, with the American using the Paradym Triple Diamond driver and fairway woods. He also uses Apex irons and the Chrome Soft X ball, but is one of several players on the tour using Titleist Vokey wedges.

You can take a look at our full piece on Sam Burns’ bag here.

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.

Sam Burns
Sam Burns with wife Caroline after winning the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas

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 made his debut at the Ryder Cup in Rome, having been one of Zach Johnson’s picks for the American 12.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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