Sam Burns Shoots 64, Leads Genesis Invitational After Day One

Sam Burns
Sam Burns plays his shot from the 13th tee during the first round of The Genesis Invitational at Riviera CC on Feb 18, 2021 in Pacific Palisades, CA. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Sam Burns opened with an 18-foot eagle putt and closed with three straight birdies Thursday in the Genesis Invitational, giving him a 7-under 64, the third time this season he has shot 64 in the opening round.

The 24-year-old Burns is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory. On one of the best courses of the year, against another stacked field, it was a good first step.

“This golf course at times doesn’t offer you a lot of opportunities,” Burns said. “So I think just with that mindset going in we were just going to take what we could get.”

He had a two-shot lead over Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homa, who grew up 30 miles away in Valencia and used to attend the PGA Tour event at Riviera as a kid.

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