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‘USGA Tests My Driver And It Fails’: Last Week’s Winner, Sam Burns, Reveals His Disappointing Play at the LA Open

Published 03/31/2023, 1:41 PM EDT

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Earlier this month, Sam Burns’ fans were highly disappointed as the World. No 10 missed the cut at Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill. This unfortunate incident came after Burns missed the LA Open cut in Pacific Palisades.

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On Thursday, Burns appeared in an episode of Fore Play Golf podcast to talk about his past mishaps. In the episode, he shed light on what led to his disappointing exit from both events.

Sam Burns highlights the reason behind his uneventful exit


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On Sunday, Burns created history by defeating Cameron Young to clinch the 2023 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The 26-year-old made a stellar impression in his first appearance at the tournament, beating Young 6-and-5 in the finals.

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Burns’ recent performance, however, is in stark contrast to his forgettable appearances at the LA Open and Bay Hill tournaments earlier this year.


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In the podcast, Burns talked about how his previous driver was termed non-conforming by the USGA.

We show up in LA, my game feels great, the USGA tests my driver, and it fails,”  shared the golfer about his dismal show at LA Open, “All of a sudden, I don’t have a good backup. I have got to find a new driver in a day and a half.

I couldn’t find one,” said Burns, “and I played really bad in LA.

He also talked about how the USGA’s decision led to him missing the cut at Bay Hill. The golfer had switched to a smaller driver for the tournament.

In Bay Hill, I thought I had a good one, but I show up, and I’m like, this is not it. This driver doesn’t work,” shared Burns about his experience finding a new driver.

Burns also went on to talk about how he finally found a driver that he really liked. “I got with the Callaway guys and we got one that I (really) really like,” said Burns about his new driver.

The player also shared that he felt like he was “starting over” after missing two cuts.

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Following his sensational victory at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Burns jumped back into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The PGA tour golfer took on Cameron Young in the championship match and clinched the trophy after closing it out on the 13th hole.

After stealing the show last week, Burns is definitely a crowd favorite leading up to the 2023 Masters.


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What do you think of Burns’ chances at the Masters? Will he win his first major at Augusta National next week? Let us know in the comments below.

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