© Reuters. PGA: Valspar Championship – Finals
Sam Burns fired a 3-under-par 68 for his first PGA Tour win on Sunday, a 3-shot win over co-leader Keegan Bradley in the third round at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.
Burns, who shot a 17-under-267 for the tournament, finished the round on Sunday with bogies on two of his last four holes, but his 1-under on the back nine of the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort was enough. He also recorded three birdies on the back nine.
Burns, who finished in the top 10 in four tournaments this season, said those opportunities gave him “a better understanding of what it takes, and I think I’ve had those opportunities in the past that I won’t convert could be ready for that moment.When we got into the back nine, (Caddy) Travis (Perkins) and I really wanted to stick to our schedule, stick to the process of being really busy with every shot, and we could. “”
Bradley’s back nine, on the other hand, contained a double bogey, a bogey and no birdies. His balanced par 71 on Sunday left him with 270 and alone in second place.
Bradley either led directly or was tied for the lead for the first three rounds.
“I just didn’t get the shots I needed to get to the end,” said Bradley. “But I’m proud of the way I finished second in solo. There are a lot of points at stake, world ranking points, so that I can take that away.”
Bradley, a four-time Tour winner including the 2011 PGA Championship, added that his game was “in excellent shape. … This is the best I’ve played in a long time, before I even won, even when it was me. ” BMW won, that’s the best I’ve ever felt. So i’m excited. “
Viktor Hovland of Norway shot the best lap of the day, a 65, to finish third with 271 (13 under). He recorded five birdies on the first nine and seven for the day.
“I putted really well today and made a lot of good iron strokes that ended up close to where I didn’t have to do much to get a birdie,” said Hovland. “Yes, I did a few bad iron strikes today and I felt like I was struggling to cut them into the correct hole positions. But the few bad iron strikes I met were really capable of some really nice ones Parades and some putts to hit for par. “
Also at 271 was Cameron Tringale, who had three birdies on the top nine but lost ground on the back nine with two bogeys going with two birdies.
The Mexican Abraham Ancer shot 2 under on Sunday and finished fifth with 12 under alone.
Vaughn Taylor (3 under for the day) and Max Homa (3 over) tied 10 under for sixth place.
– Field level media
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