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Ryder Cup: Sam Burns ties course report; threatens Brooks Koepka’s spot

After opening the BMW Championship with two disappointing rounds, Sam Burns shot his lowest spherical of the season Saturday, an 8-under 62.

It additionally tied the course report at Olympia Fields, which Max Homa set the day earlier than.

Burns was 1-over par getting into the day, 11 pictures again of Homa, who held the 36-hole lead by himself.

“I believe the primary couple days, I really feel like I used to be enjoying okay,” Burns admitted after his spherical. “Simply not likely getting rather a lot out of what I used to be doing on the market.”

He performed higher than ‘okay’ Saturday. He not solely vaulted up the leaderboard on the BMW Championship but in addition entered the Ryder Cup dialogue.

PGA Tour, Sam Burns, BMW Championship

Sam Burns performs his second shot on the fifteenth gap throughout the third spherical of the 2023 BMW Championship.
Photograph by Michael Reaves/Getty Photographs

“Actually, each week, I attempt to come out right here and put together as exhausting as I can and do the whole lot I can to play my greatest,” Burns mentioned.

“On the finish of the day, I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I didn’t need to make the Ryder Cup. I need nothing extra. However that’s a objective that’s sort of totally different than popping out right here and enjoying golf. I believe for me, simply making an attempt to place an excellent recreation plan collectively and simply try to execute.

If Burns goes on to win the BMW Championship, he’ll go Brooks Koepka within the FedEx Cup standings and earn an computerized spot on the U.S. Group.

Koepka would then be on the bubble, in sixth place within the Ryder Cup standings. The highest six earn computerized berths. Nonetheless, Max Homa, Xander Schauffele and a number of others may also go Koepka this weekend.

Whether or not captain Zach Johnson will decide a LIV Golfer with a captain’s decide stays to be seen.

But, if Burns does make the Ryder Cup group, it might be an unbelievable accomplishment for the previous LSU Tiger. The 27-year-old has by no means donned the celebs and stripes in a Ryder Cup earlier than, however he did assist the Individuals win the 2022 President’s Cup at Quail Hole.

“No matter occurs, I do know the Lord has already deliberate it out, and I could be good with no matter occurs,” Burns mentioned. “Plenty of it’s out of my management. The one factor I can do is go on the market and play exhausting and compete. On the finish of the day, no matter occurs, I could be okay with it.”

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By way of. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough too.

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