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Burns Eyes Major Breakthrough at The Country Club

June 17, 2022 - 12:30 PM
Sam Burns played his way into contention for his first major title on Friday with a 3-under 67. (USGA/Robert Beck)

It’s still a relatively small sample size, but Sam Burns is slowly working his way into the category of best player to not own a major title. At age 25, there’s still plenty of time for the world No. 9 to add his name to that elite fraternity. Just last month, he holed a 38-foot putt on the first playoff hole to beat good buddy and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler to claim the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club, his fourth PGA Tour win in the last 13 months. But Scheffler now has a major, thanks to his triumph at the Masters in April, while Burns’ best finish in eight starts is T-20 in last month’s PGA Championship. This week in the 122nd U.S. Open, Burns, a former Louisiana State All-American, has positioned himself nicely for a weekend run. He posted a second-round 67 and currently sits T-7. Burns would certainly love to join fellow Louisianans Hal Sutton and mentor David Toms as a major champ.