3 Qs: Valspar Champ Sam Burns Credits Family, Jesus Christ For “Dream Come True”

Sam Burns celebrates with family after winning the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort on May 2, 2021 in Palm Harbor, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar via Getty Images)

With a final-round 68, Sam Burns claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2021 Valspar Championship.

Burns finished his four rounds at Innisbrook’s Copperhead course on 17-under par, three shots clear of runner-up Keegan Bradley.

The victory earned Burns $1,242,000 and 500 FedExCup points, along with 54 Official World Golf Rankings points.

Afterwards, an excited Burns met with the media to discuss his first career victory.

Here are a few pulls from the back and forth.


Trust in Jesus Christ

Sam Burns Wins 2021 Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort
Sam Burns walks to the 18th green during the final round of the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort on May 2, 2021 in Palm Harbor, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar via Getty Images)

Question: When you come out here after a good college career and then obviously in 2018 all the success, it probably can be easy to be impatient about winning, but it sounds like you have a really good perspective on the close calls before. Is there someone who is helped you with that perspective or where does it kind of come from?

SAM BURNS: Yeah, I think Jesus Christ. I think just knowing that my timeline isn’t always best, my timing isn’t always right.

So just trusting, knowing that, if I don’t win, I can be okay with that. If I do, you know, give Him the glory.

So just being able to trust that — and obviously at times it’s frustrating, you want things to happen, but just really deep down believing that His timing is perfect and His plan is perfect and so just trying to trust in that.


Dream Come True

Sam Burns Wins 2021 Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort
Sam Burns celebrates with his caddie on the 18th green after winning the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort on May 2, 2021 in Palm Harbor, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar via Getty Images)

Question: You mentioned that this was a dream come true. When did the dream of winning a PGA Tour event, when did that begin?

SAM BURNS: Yeah, I think as a kid growing up with my buddies — I grew up with some really good players. So just being able to be on the putting green when you’re 10, 11 years old and you’re like, I have this putt to win whatever tournament.

And I can just remember hitting that putt so many times and you just hope and practice so hard to have that opportunity.

And it was just, man, after I had the bunker shot on 18, I just got kind of choked up thinking about that moment and thinking about you wanted to have that opportunity so bad for so long and now you do.

So it was really special for me.


Family Celebration

Sam Burns Wins 2021 Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort
Sam Burns poses with family and trophy after winning the Valspar Championship on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort on May 2, 2021 in Palm Harbor, Fla. (Photo by Julio Aguilar via Getty Images)

Question: Who all did you have here today and have they been here all week or did they get here at some point this weekend?

SAM BURNS: Yeah, my wife is here. She’s been here all week. She came with me when we left home on, I don’t remember, when did we leave, Tuesday? Tuesday.

And then my parents were planning on coming on Saturday and then they came, my sister came with them and my brother. My brother’s wife also came today and my sister’s husband came today as well.

Question: What did it mean for all of them to be there?

SAM BURNS: I don’t think I could have dreamed of a better moment just to have my wife there who’s been, we have been together for, not married but together for five or six years, and she’s seen really good golf, she’s seen really bad golf and she’s just been there by my side for all of it.

So to have her here was really special. And just a moment that we’ll get to have for the rest of our lives, we’ll get to tell our kids about one day.

To have my parents here, they sacrificed so much for me growing up, taking me to golf tournaments and letting me pursue my dream, really cool.

And also my brother and sister, I’m really close with them, and their husband and wife, too.

So it was really cool.


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