In Palm Harbor, Florida, the Valspar Championship goes to Sam Burns who, with a total of 267 (67 63 69 68, -17) shots wins the US derby with Keegan Bradley, second with 270 (-14), and celebrates the first career title on the PGA Tour.
For the 24-year-old from Shreveport (Louisiana) the dream cherished since he was 10 is a reality. "It's a special success - his words - that reminds me of the many training sessions as a child. I worked so hard to live such a day."
Sam Burns, statements
After 76 starts on the top American circuit, the company has arrived. With Burns becoming the second youngest winner in Valspar Championship history at 24 years, 9 months and 9 days after Jordan Spieth (who scored in 2015 at the age of 21, 7 months and 16 days).
He is the fifth golfer to collect his first career win on the Valspar tour. Before him, Carl Pettersson (2005), Gary Woodland (2011), Kevin Streelman (2013) and Adam Hadwin (2017) had succeeded. Full loot for Burns who enters the Top 50 of the world ranking passing from 94 / o to 44 / o place also cashing a check for 1,242,000 dollars against a prize pool of 6,900,000.
In Florida third place (271, -13) for the American Cameron Tringale and the Norwegian Viktor Hovland. While Justin Thomas, world number 2, closes 13 / o (277, -7) and flies to the top of the FedEx Cup, climbing over Bryson DeChambeau.
Twenty-first position (279, -5) for the English Paul Casey who, after the successes of 2018 and 2019 - in 2020 the tournament was canceled for Covid - fails to drop the trio. Finally, Dustin Johnson disappoints. The world number 1, in crisis of results for over a month, does not go beyond 48 / a square (282, -2).
Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey, one of the most renowned in the United States and reserved exclusively for men since its founding in 1913, has voted in favor of the inclusion of women among its members. The news is certainly not insignificant: Pine Valley, as mentioned, is not just any field.
Golf Digest magazine has for years called it the best course in the United States and among the best in the world.
Until now, the presence of women at the club twenty miles southeast of Philadelphia was not allowed except "guests" and on Sunday afternoons.
“At the annual membership meeting, we made a historic change to the Pine Valley charter. The future of golf must look to inclusion, "club president Jim Davis announced in an email addressed to members. The club's number one announced the unanimous vote, as well as the decision to "eliminate all male or female language from our statute"
This is not an "in all" in the New Jersey club. Applications will be screened by the local commission. "Socially compatible players, with a deep passion for golf and able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skill to play on our course" will be admitted.
The Pine Valley thus follows a path already traced by famous clubs in the United States. It happened at Augusta National, the field where the Augusta Masters is held, the most anticipated tournament of the year. In addition to the moral boost, there is also a more concrete motivation: clubs where restrictions of this type resist are not often considered when choosing the assignment of a Major.