Former LSU stars Sam Burns, David Toms win PGA events
BATON ROUGE – Sam Burns, a former LSU standout and the 2017 National Player of the Year, claimed his fifth career PGA Tour title on Sunday when he soundly beat Cameron Young, 6 & 5 in the championship match of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at the Austin Country Club.
David Toms, a two-time All-American at LSU in 1988 and 1989, also won on Sunday on the PGA Champions Tour, winning the Galleri Classic in Rancho Mirage, California.
Burns advanced to the championship match after beating the World’s No. 1 ranked player in Scott Scheffler in the semifinals on Sunday morning. Burns and Scheffler’s match had to go three extra holes with Burns winning the match with a birdie on the third playoff hole.
🤩 Champion Status 🤩
Sam Burns wins the @DellMatchPlay to claim his 5th win on the @PGATOUR!
Burns takes down Cam Young (6&5) and stays perfect (7-0-0) in the tournament!
📸: @PGATOUR | @Samburns66 pic.twitter.com/EbfTgnyXFg
— LSU Men's Golf (@LSUMensGolf) March 26, 2023
Burns reached the semifinals with a 3 & 2 win over Mackenzie Hughes in the quarterfinals. He topped Patrick Cantlay, the World’s No. 4-ranked player, 2 & 1 in the round of 16.
The win is the biggest of Burns’ PGA Tour career and comes just two weeks before the Masters, which will be held April 6-9 in Augusta, Georgia. The win was worth $3.5 million dollars from the elevated PGA and final World Golf Championship event.
Burns is now just one of six players with five victories in the last three years.
Toms, who entered the final round with a one-stroke advantage, looked like he may have a challenge in the final round from Retief Goosen, who played much earlier in the round and moved up to 12-under after a round of 65.
Brand new hardware for the collection 🏆@davidtomsgolf | @GalleriClassic pic.twitter.com/Kv8f2Y29C1
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour) March 27, 2023
But Toms had five birdies on the back nine to shoot is own 65 and finished 54 holes at 16-under 200 on the Mission Hills Country Club course which for decades was the home of an LPGA major.
Toms has now won two-of-the-first-five events on the 2023 PGA Champions schedule.
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