No Sunday run for Burns at U.S. Open

IN THE MIX AGAIN:  Shreveport’s Sam Burns, the former LSU All-American, opened Sunday in the top 10 at the U.S. Open Championship, but ran into trouble on the final nine holes.  

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Shreveport native Sam Burns was in contention when he teed off in the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, but despite a couple nifty par saves on the first two holes, couldn’t stay there.

Burns entered the final round as the only player in the field to not have a bogey on the first four holes at The Country Club at Brookline (Mass.) but got tripped up on No. 3 Sunday, starting a decline to a closing 76. That six-over total left him at plus five for the tournament, tied for 27th, when he had been as close as fourth in the standings during Saturday’s round.

Burn shot 71-67-71-76 for a 285 tally, good enough to bring home a $127,002 paycheck. He remains No. 9 in the Official Golf World Rankings.

Sunday, he had two bogeys and a birdie on the front side, but ran into trouble quickly afterward. Burns bogied the 12th, double-bogied the 13th, and added bogies on 15 and 17.

He will tee it up again this week at The Travelers Championship in nearby Cramford, Conn., with most of the world’s best making the short move from the Boston metropolitan area.

Burns has been in the top 10 mix on the final day in the last two majors, the PGA Championship and this weekend. The season’s last major is the 150th British Open July 13-17 at St. Andrews, Scotland.