Fourth at Canadian Open sends Burns to Brookline on a roll

JOURNAL STAFF

Sam Burns heads to the U.S. Open Golf Championship this week in fine form.

Sunday, the Shreveport native and Calvary Baptist Academy alumnus, and a former LSU All-American, finished a very competitive fourth in the RBC Canadian Open, finishing Sunday at 14-under after a final round 65.

Burns was only bettered by defending champion Rory McIlroy (19 under), Tony Finau (17) and PGA champion Justin Thomas (15).

He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, and found 9 of 13 fairways. Burns had three straight birdies in the middle of his round, on Nos. 9-10-11, then went back-to-back with birdies on 14 and 15 to get to six-under for Sunday.

A wayward drive on 17 led to an approach short of the green, and Burns dropped a shot and fell out of contention to catch McIlroy, who birdied the difficult final two holes, each with approaches inside the flagsticks, to card a closing 62.

McIlroy earned the $1.56 million winner’s check. Burns collected $391,500 for his four-day 266 score (67-69-65-65) on the par 280 (70) course.

In his last two starts, Burns has been in contention on Sundays, winning in Fort Worth at the Colonial last month. He will be among the elite to watch at The Country Club of Brookline, Mass., a Boston suburb, when the year’s third major tees off Thursday.

Burns didn’t make the cut at the Masters but had the best major finish of his young career, a tie for 20th, at the PGA Championship after being in the mix and the top 10 during the final round last month.

Brookline and Sunday’s course in Toronto, St. George’s, are considered to be similar, which could foreshadow another strong showing by Burns.

Burns is second in the FedExCup official standings with 2,223 points, closing within three digits of leader and good friend Scottie Scheffler after Sunday’s finish. He has earned $6,145,982 this season while winning three times in 17 starts.

His strong season and Sunday’s finish kept him at No. 9 in the Official World Golf Rankings.