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Sam Burns wins Valspar Championship for first Tour victory

Sam Burns fired a 3-under-par 68 for his first PGA Tour victory, a three-shot win over his third-round co-leader Keegan Bradley within the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla., on Sunday.

Burns, who shot a 17-under 267 for the event, completed Sunday’s spherical with bogeys on two of his remaining 4 holes, however his 1-under on the again 9 of Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course was sufficient. He additionally recorded three birdies on the again 9.

Burns, who has completed within the prime 10 in 4 tournaments this season, mentioned these alternatives gave him “a greater understanding of what it takes, and I believe having these previous possibilities that I wasn’t in a position to convert, I believe it bought me prepared for this second. Going into the again 9, (caddie) Travis (Perkins) and I simply actually needed to stay to our sport plan, stick with the method of simply being actually engaged on every shot and we have been ready to do this.”

Bradley’s again 9, however, included a double-bogey, a bogey and no birdies. His even-par 71 on Sunday left him at 270 and alone in second place.

Bradley both led outright or was tied for the lead by way of the primary three rounds.

“I simply did not hit the photographs I wanted to coming down the top,” Bradley mentioned. “However I am pleased with the best way I completed off to come back in solo second. Loads of factors at stake, World Rating factors, in order that, I can take that away from it.”

Bradley, a four-time Tour winner together with on the 2011 PGA Championship, added that his sport is “in nice form. … That is the very best I’ve performed in a really very long time, even earlier than I had gained even after I had gained BMW that is the very best I’ve felt. So I am excited.”

Viktor Hovland of Norway shot the day’s greatest spherical, a 65, to maneuver up right into a tie for third at 271 (13 beneath). He recorded 5 birdies on the entrance 9 and 7 for the day.

“I putted actually good immediately and hit a number of good iron photographs that ended up near the place I did not should do a complete lot to make a birdie,” Hovland mentioned. “Yeah, I did hit some unhealthy iron photographs immediately, and I did really feel like I struggled to chop it into these proper gap areas. However the few unhealthy iron photographs that I hit, I used to be actually in a position to hit some very nice saves and a few putts for par.”

Additionally at 271 was Cameron Tringale, who had three birdies on the entrance 9 however misplaced floor on the again 9, with two bogeys to go along with two birdies.

Mexico’s Abraham Ancer shot 2 beneath on Sunday to complete alone in fifth place at 12 beneath.

Vaughn Taylor (3 beneath for the day) and Max Homa (3 over) have been tied for sixth at 10 beneath.

–Area Stage Media

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