Before they turned pro: Sam Burns
03 Oct 2021
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

see also: Sam Burns Rankings

- LSU men's golf photo
- LSU men's golf photo

Four years after turning pro, Sam Burns now has two PGA Tour victories. A birdie barrage on the back nine propelled the LSU alum from Shreveport, La. to a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.). In May, Burns won his first tour event, pulling away from Keegan Bradley on the back nine of the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Just as when they all were amateurs, players like Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa and Matthew Wolff have gotten a lot more of the attention than Burns as the newest wave of young stars have established themselves on the PGA Tour.

But Burns' ascent has been as quiet and steady as the demeanor he displays on the course. A T6 finish in the Barbasol Championship as an amateur in 2017 was the biggest clue that he was ready for the jump, but there were many others. Burns was overlooked for the 2017 Walker Cup team, no doubt fuel for his subsequent rise.

Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Sam Burns the amateur:

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