4 Questions For Charles Schwab Challenge Champion Sam Burns

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Sam Burns talks with Amanda Renner of CBS Sports after winning the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff at Colonial CC on May 29, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Tom Pennington via Getty Images)

With a final-round 65, Sam Burns erased a seven-shot deficit and then edged Scottie Scheffler in a playoff to win the 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge.

The win was Burns’ fourth of his PGA Tour career, and third of the 2022 campaign. The 25-year-old Louisiana native will move to No. 2 in the FedExCup standings and No. 9 in the world rankings.

Afterwards, the LSU alum took a few questions from the media:


1. Staying Loose as Clubhouse Leader

Sam Burns Wins 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge Playoff
Sam Burns reacts after putting to win the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff at Colonial CC on May 29, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Q: How did you stay loose during that break and what did you do between your round and the playoff?

Sam Burns: Yeah, I just hung out in player dining for a bit with my family. Probably when Scottie was on 16 I went to the gym and kind of loosened up again for about 15 or 20 minutes and then came back, put my golf shoes on and then Travis and I went out and hit a few putts and hit some golf balls.


2. Friendship With Scheffler

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Sam Burns is congratulated by Scottie Scheffler after winning the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff at Colonial CC on May 29, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Q: What was it like, you and Scottie obviously are really good friends. Just talk about that aspect of it, you guys being in a position (indiscernible)?

Sam Burns: Yeah, we’re probably best friends. But at the same time I can assure you, he wanted to beat me more than anybody else and I wanted to beat him more than anybody else, and it just happened to be the two of us at the end.

Yeah, it’s going to be a fun story that we’ll get to have for the rest of our careers, and fortunately I got the better end of it this time, but hopefully we’re at the beginning of these situations in the future.


3. The Winning Putt

Sam Burns Wins 2022 Charles Schwab Challenge Playoff
Sam Burns reacts after putting to win the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff at Colonial CC on May 29, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Tom Pennington via Getty Images)

Q: Tell us what you saw on that putt.

Sam Burns: Yeah, so we were about 10 yards closer from the fairway, had 140, and we were trying to hit like a 125 gap wedge. Just got hit with a lot of wind and just snuck over the back of the green, but not a bad spot.

Pretty straightforward putt. A little downhill, breaking left to right the whole way, played it about a foot out and just tried to match the speed up. I honestly thought it was going to be a little bit short when I hit it, and that’s kind of why my reaction was what it was. I thought I left it short.

Yeah, I mean, to see that go in, that was obviously really cool, and yeah.


4. Childhood Dream

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Sam Burns celebrates with wife Caroline Campbell after winning the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff at Colonial CC on May 29, 2022 in Fort Worth, TX. (Photo by Carmen Mandato via Getty Images)

Q: You’ve mentioned before coming here as a child and watching this tournament. Just talk about the emotion and just the significance of coming back and winning this tournament.

Sam Burns: Yeah, back in 2011 I was here when David Toms won. Been a mentor of mine, great friend of my family, and I remember being there whenever he holed a wedge on 11, and walked around with Carter for a couple days. That was really fun, and memories that I still think about. It was funny, I actually saw his wedge in there in the dining — I’m assuming it’s the one he made the wedge shot with. But yeah, it’s really cool, and I can’t wait to give him a text and have my name up there next to his.


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