Sam Burns’ Grandfather: Is the PGA Tour Golfer the Grandson of Arnold Palmer?

Published 05/15/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
Apr 23, 2021; Avondale, Louisiana, USA; Sam Burns lines up a putt from the 9th green during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports


Sam Burns has been earning all the headlines on the PGA Tour recently. The professional golfer shot to fame after winning his maiden tour title at the Valspar Championship 2021. Since then, a lot of people have been curious in finding out if Sam Burns is actually the grandson of the late Arnold Palmer. 

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The legendary Arnold Palmer is one of the most revered golfers of all time. The Hall of Famer won 62 PGA Tour titles in his glorious career and has a grandson who is a professional golfer too. 

So is Sam Burns the actual grandson of the late Arnold Palmer? The latter had two daughters with his first wife Winnie Walzer, and many fans are intrigued to know if Palmer’s blood runs in Burns. 

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The answer is, however, no. Arnold Palmer is not the grandfather of Sam Burns. The latter, too, has a solid golf game on the professional tour, but he is in no way related to the seven-time major winner. 

Apr 30, 2021; Palm Harbor, Florida, USA; Sam Burns plays his shot off the 8th tee during the second round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

If not Sam Burns, then who is the grandson of Arnold Palmer?

There’s a reason why there is a lot of queries about who Arnold Palmer’s grandson is. Many are mistaken that it is Sam Burns, but that’s wrong. The fact of the matter is that Palmer’s grandson is indeed a professional golfer and his name’s Sam Saunders. 

Now you’d have procured the reason as to why people are wondering if Burns is Palmer’s grandson. The confusion lies in the first name as both Burns and Saunders go by the first name “Sam.” 

However, Sam Saunders hasn’t won a PGA Tour event, unlike Sam Burns. Saunders has made plenty of starts on the tour but is yet to reach the winner’s podium. Of course, there would be a lot of pressure on his shoulders, considering that he’s the grandson of a golfer who won 62 titles on the tour. 

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Saunders is currently active on the Korn Ferry Tour and has made 11 starts this season. His most recent appearance on the PGA Tour came at the 2020 Barracuda Championship where he missed the 36-hole cut. 

Coming back to Burns, it is now clear that he is not the grandson of Arnold Palmer. But that won’t stop him from extending his winning run on the PGA Tour! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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