Sam Burns ties Keegan Bradley for Valspar lead
4/30/2021 9:30:11 PM EST
Sam Burns produced a stretch of five birdies in six holes Friday, and he is tied with Keegan Bradley for the lead at the midpoint of the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.
Burns produced the best score of the week so far, an 8-under-par 63, to sit at 12-under 130 through two rounds. Bradley, the first-round leader, was 5 under on Friday, leaving him at 12 under as well.
They both set the event's 36-hole scoring record, topping the mark of 131 set in 2002 by South Korea's K.J. Choi.
The pair have a four-shot cushion over the next contenders, Lucas Glover (6 under on Friday), Charley Hoffman (5 under) and Max Homa (3 under), all at 8 under overall.
South Africa's Charl Schwartzel (6 under), England's Tom Lewis (6 under), South Korea's Sungjae Im (4 under), Zach Johnson (4 under) and Hank Lebioda (2 under) share sixth place at 7 under.
Burns has at least a share of the lead in a PGA Tour event for the fourth time this season, the top mark on the circuit, after tying the lowest round of his career at 63. He also had a 63 in the final round of the 2020 American Express event.
The 24-year-old former LSU All-American is still seeking his first PGA Tour victory. His best result was third place at the Genesis Invitational near Los Angeles in February.
Burns played a bogey-free round Friday, carding three birdies on the front nine before his hot streak to open the back nine.
Looking ahead to trying to maintain his form for two more rounds, Burns said, "I think for me it's just sticking to what I've been doing, having a good game plan going into the day. And then there's going to be times in the rounds where it gets tough, and I think in those moments just hanging in there mentally and just being ready for when it turns.
"So I know over the weekend there will be some challenges, and I'm excited for the opportunity."
Bradley, who started play Friday on the back nine, had four birdies and a bogey on the day before closing with an eagle on the par-4 ninth hole.
His 115-yard chip shot landed a few feet above the pin, the spun back into the cup.
"I turned a good day into a great day," Bradley said. "Man, it was a fun day, and what a way to finish. It was a blast."
England's Paul Casey, the event's two-time defending champion, shot even par on Friday and dropped to a tie for 33rd at 3 under.
--Field Level Media
Sun, 16 May 2021 13:22:53 EST Bucs sign former Chiefs CB Antonio Hamilton
Sun, 16 May 2021 11:50:50 EST Giants sign WR/TE Kelvin Benjamin, RB Corey Clement
Sat, 15 May 2021 17:41:16 EST Travis Etienne works at WR for Urban Meyer, Jaguars
Sat, 15 May 2021 17:01:09 EST Cowboys coach: Dak Prescott expected to be cleared for camp
Sat, 15 May 2021 14:31:40 EST Patriots owner 'excited' for Tom Brady's Week 4 return
Sat, 15 May 2021 11:58:32 EST Report: Ja’Wuan James considers grievance vs. Broncos
Fri, 14 May 2021 21:04:55 EST Report: Broncos' DaeSean Hamilton tears ACL, Ja'Wuan James cut
Fri, 14 May 2021 19:03:38 EST Reports: S Bobby McCain agrees to one-year deal with WFT
Fri, 14 May 2021 16:41:12 EST Tom Brady to resume throwing after 'serious knee surgery'
Mon, 17 May 2021 06:35:56 EST Braves, Mets begin season series
Mon, 17 May 2021 06:41:01 EST Padres look to continue Rockies' road woes
Mon, 17 May 2021 06:41:37 EST Dallas Keuchel, first-place White Sox visit last-place Twins
Mon, 17 May 2021 05:47:54 EST Sonny Gray looks to break into win column as Reds host Giants
Mon, 17 May 2021 05:58:06 EST Yankees ace Gerrit Cole looks to remain on roll vs. Rangers
Mon, 17 May 2021 02:36:43 EST Royals' Mike Matheny critical of video review after wild-pitch call stands
Mon, 17 May 2021 02:11:24 EST Phillies' Joe Girardi, Jean Segura squabble in dugout
Sun, 16 May 2021 23:23:23 EST MLB roundup: Ohtani's late homer lifts Angels
Mon, 17 May 2021 06:06:11 EST Young arms headline Tigers-Mariners series opener
Sun, 16 May 2021 23:03:20 EST Padres pull off sweep of visiting Cardinals
Mon, 17 May 2021 11:35:37 EST Nets open playoffs as favorites over Lakers, Clippers
Mon, 17 May 2021 01:10:56 EST NBA roundup: Warriors top Grizzlies for No. 8 seed
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:26:50 EST Jazz top Kings to finish with best record in NBA
Sun, 16 May 2021 23:42:09 EST Blazers knock off Nuggets, clinch playoff berth
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:02:10 EST Lakers beat Pelicans, await play-in game
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:23:16 EST Clippers fall to Thunder, lock up 4 seed
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:52:44 EST Anthony Edwards, Timberwolves beat Mavericks to wrap season
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:01:10 EST Bulls finish season with win over playoff-bound Bucks
Sun, 16 May 2021 22:37:17 EST Heat rout Pistons to close regular season
Sun, 16 May 2021 21:43:27 EST Sixers rest starters, still trounce Magic in finale
Mon, 17 May 2021 10:50:01 EST Panthers' Sam Bennett to have hearing with NHL
Mon, 17 May 2021 02:54:25 EST NHL roundup: Brayden Point strikes twice as Lightning top Panthers
Mon, 17 May 2021 02:36:42 EST Elias Lindholm's OT winner lifts Flames past Canucks
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:44:08 EST Brayden Point lifts Lightning to Game 1 win over Panthers
Sun, 16 May 2021 20:15:42 EST Underdog Blues undermanned against No. 1 seed Avalanche
Mon, 17 May 2021 00:42:40 EST Joel Eriksson Ek scores in OT, Wild top Knights in Game 1
Sun, 16 May 2021 15:00:56 EST Predators look to maintain momentum in series vs. Hurricanes
Sun, 16 May 2021 14:42:52 EST Blues' David Perron placed on COVID-19 list
Sun, 16 May 2021 16:05:28 EST Kyle Palmieri’s OT winner lifts Islanders past Penguins
Sun, 16 May 2021 12:50:40 EST Capitals looking for 2-0 series lead against visiting Bruins