Sam Burns was within the combine down the stretch on the Sanderson Farms Championship together with a half-dozen gamers who have been trying to find their first PGA Tour title.

Burns performed like he had been there earlier than, and it led to his second win of the 12 months.

He performed mistake-free till it did not matter and ran off three straight birdies that allowed him to grab management Sunday and shut with a 5-under 67 on the Country Club of Jackson to win by one shot over Nick Watney and Cameron Young.

Burns gained the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook within the spring. He completed one shot out of a playoff at Riviera and misplaced in a playoff on the World Golf Championship in Tennessee.

The expertise did not damage.

“Having those experiences around the lead, I think those were really important for me. I learned a lot,” Burns stated. “Having that under my belt today, that experience was definitely helpful, and coming down the stretch I felt a lot different than I have in the past — not necessarily more confident, but just in a better state of mind.”

Burns had 4 birdies in six-hole stretch on the again 9. The last three birdies have been key. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 thirteenth, hit a 5-iron to fifteen toes that arrange a two-putt birdie on the subsequent gap to take the lead after which hit an ideal pitch from behind the inexperienced on the reachable par-4 fifteenth for a tap-in birdie.

Staked to a two-shot lead taking place the 18th, he took a secure bogey from the greenside bunker to safe the victory.

Watney, coming off his worst season in additional than a decade, closed with a 65 and had his greatest end in additional than three years.

Young’s hopes started to fade on the 14th with a clunker out of the tough right into a fairway bunker that led to him having to make a 4-footer for bogey.

Still, he made a slick up-and-down from off the 18th inexperienced for par that gave him a 68 and a share of second, which units him up properly for the season. That begins with enjoying subsequent week in Las Vegas as a substitute of getting to undergo Monday qualifying.

“I love being in contention, I love feeling the nerves, so it was fun today. I enjoyed it, even though it might not have looked like it,” Young stated. “I knew Sam was ahead of me and I had to make a couple and just didn’t, but I will another time.”

Sahith Theegala, the California rookie who started the ultimate spherical with a one-shot lead, had management of the ultimate spherical till he reached the again 9.

He didn’t get up-and-down from a greenside bunker on the par-3 tenth, lacking a 7-foot putt. With a 7-iron in his hand for his second to the par-5 eleventh, he leaked the shot to the best and into the water, and missed a 4-foot putt to take bogey.

Two holes later, he three-putted from 18 toes for bogey. From there, it was about limiting the harm. He performed the ultimate 5 holes in 1 beneath for a 71. Theegala tied for eighth, which will get him into the sector subsequent week in Las Vegas.

For Burns, the 25-year-old from Louisiana is simply beginning to money in.

Burns did properly sufficient to earn some severe consideration from Steve Stricker as a captain’s decide for the U.S. Ryder Cup crew. And now along with his second win of the 12 months — in his first begin of the brand new season — Burns strikes into the highest 20 on the earth rating for the primary time.

“I think getting the call from Stricker on Monday (after the Tour Championship) and hearing the news that I didn’t make the team was definitely very motivating and definitely kind of gut wrenching,” Burns assist. “So yeah, I think it’s definitely motivated me to try to be on the next team and continue to try to improve.”

Burns ended a pattern by which six of the final seven winners of the Sanderson Farms Championship captured their first PGA Tour title.

He was among the many few who had profitable expertise. Six gamers in rivalry at first of the ultimate spherical had lately earned PGA Tour playing cards by the Korn Ferry Tour.

Among the exceptions was Watney, first slowed by a decrease again harm after which by a loss in confidence. He went again to working with Butch Harmon in the summertime, after which put collectively an excellent week along with his putter, main the sector in the important thing placing statistic.

“There was definitely some lean times, especially last year, but I’m not trying to think about that any more,” Watney stated. “I’m trying to continue to get better and this was a great step this week. I’m ready.”