One of the most heralded courses on the PGA Tour delivered the goods this past weekend as the Charles Schwab Challenge at historic Colonial Country Club needed extra holes to crown a winner.
The two going toe-to-toe, World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and World No. 10 Sam Burns, between them had won seven times on the PGA Tour in the last 12 months. The eighth victory went to Burns, who matched Scheffler’s four-win mark thanks to a final-round 5-under par 65 and a lengthy birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole.
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“I can assure you, he wanted to beat me more than anybody else and I wanted to beat him more than anybody else,” Burns said of his good friend Scheffler. “It’s going to be a fun story that we’ll get to have for the rest of our careers, and fortunately I got the better end of it this time. But hopefully we’re at the beginning of these situations.”
For the week, Burns relied upon solid ball-striking and excellent putting to get him across the line. The 25-year-old picked up +2.9 Strokes Gained: Off The Tee (6th best in the field) and +3.9 Strokes Gained: Approach (12th best in the field).
From there, Burns added +5.0 Strokes Gained: Putting (6th best in the field), which was enough to tie him for the best Strokes Gained: Total in the stout field.
“I’m pretty exhausted,” Burns said. “Mentally I was prepared to go as long as it took. I don’t know if I could have done it physically. But mentally I was ready. When coach calls your name, you’ve got to be ready to play, and I think we did a really good job of being ready.”