In his relatively short career so far, Sam Burns has experienced some memorable moments, including five PGA Tour wins and several Major appearances.
However, the time he was paired with 15-time Major winner Tiger Woods surely ranks as one of the most nerve-wracking. The World No.14 appeared on PGA Tour winner Sam Kaufman’s new Smylie Show podcast (opens in new tab), where he described the feeling of being paired with Woods for the final round of the 2018 Honda Classic.
Burns explained that he received the news he’d be playing with Woods when he was out to dinner. He said: “Go to dinner that night and I get a text halfway through dinner. It’s like: ‘1240. Sam Burns. Tiger Woods.’ And I’m like: ‘Oh, my gosh. So, I don’t eat anything the rest of the night.”
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It wasn’t just Burns’ meal that was affected by the news. He also explained he couldn’t sleep. He continued: “Go out the next day and I get to the golf course probably way earlier than I should have. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t do anything.”
Burns then described the daunting scene awaiting him at the first tee at PGA National. He said: “So I go to the tee, we warm up and walk up to the first tee and it seemed like 10,000 people were standing up there. Maybe, like, Caroline [Campbell, Burns’ wife] and my parents clapped for me and everybody else has no idea who I am. And then Tiger walks on the tee and it’s just like Death Valley just scored a touchdown. It’s so loud.”
The American then described the dilemma over which shot to play. He said: “The first hole at the Honda Classic, you can hit a four iron or a five iron. I’ve missed the fairway every day with a four iron so I look at my caddie and I’m like: ‘Hey man, what you think about that five iron? He’s like: ‘Well, it may leave you a little further.’ I’m like: ‘I’m going to hit the five iron.’ I pretty much just aim it in the left rough. I’m just going to try to block cut it. So, I hit this block cut into the fairway.”
With the ice still not broken with Woods, though, Burns realised he needed to find a good way to speak to him. His solution was hilarious, and thankfully, Woods thought so too. He…
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