World News – AU – Sam Burns awards discipline and caddy for first 36-hole lead at Vivint Houston Open


The 24-year-old went from T-3 to first Friday at the Vivint Houston Open after carding a bogey-less 5 – under 65 in the second round Not only does Burns hold the lead after the wave in the morning, but he held it by four – yes, four – strokes when he left the course

With the morning wave over, Burns led Jason Day by two shots and first-round leader Brandt Snedeker by three

Burns got off to a good start, hitting three of his first four holes He added another birdie on par 5 eighth to sit 4 under on the turn Burns carded his fifth birdie on par 5 on 16th and had had a chance for his sixth birdie of the day on the 18th with a 27ft, 10in putt, but he settled for par

One of the areas where Burns was strong on Friday was on the par-5 Memorial Park Golf only has three par 5s and Burns birdieed all three in the second round Thursday he made 8 and 16 birdies, but 3

Burns ’65 in the second round is significant given the difficulty of Memorial Park Golf, which hosts its first Tour event in nearly 50 years It also ties the tournament’s lowest round to date, after the first round by Snedeker 65

Even more impressive, Burns hit 15 greens out of 18 on Friday Burns attributed his ability to find the greens to build his first round 68 and learn the features course, and his overall second round success to his junior, Travis Perkins

Sam Burns in Round 2 of the 2020 Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston, Texas (Maddie Meyer / Getty Images)

« Yeah, I think Travis did a great job all day trying to put us in the right places and I think we were able to do it for the most part. I think that’s the hardest part of this golf course, it takes a lot of discipline here, ”said Burns“ You get out of your position, you just try to bring it back to where you can bring it up and down or put it in a section of the green where you can. delay Fortunately at first we looked great and were able to convert, so solid « 

Shreveport, Louisiana native seeks first PGA Tour victory His best touring result was third at the 2018 Sanderson Farms Championship Last season Burns had a top 10 on the American Express (T-6) and made 11 cuts out of 19 events His only professional victory was on the Korn Ferry Tour at the Savannah Golf Championship 2017

This season Burns already has a top 10 at the Safeway Open where he finished T-7 at 17 under He said on Friday he was building on that experience in Houston

« Yeah, I think (being in conflict taught me to) slow down a bit, really talk through the shot with Travis and make sure we have a clear picture of what we’re trying to do, I think that it was really helpful to learn that, ”said Burns

Burns left the course as the leader of the 36 hole 7 under, four shots ahead of Snedeker

JuliaKate E Culpepper joined Golfweek in 2019 after spending four years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covering Athletics for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Georgia Tech She is a graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications of the University of Georgia She resides in Atlanta

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World News – AU – Sam Burns awards discipline, caddy for first 36 hole lead at Vivint Houston Open


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