Sam Burns tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Valspar Championship Golf Tournament on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Florida. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Sam Burns is again winner of the Valspar Championship, this time with a lot more stress and a lot more emotion.

Burns birdied a putt from just over 30 feet on the 16th hole to beat Davis Riley on the second playoff hole, giving him three PGA Tour wins in his last 22 starts.

Burns, who closed with a 2-under 69 to tie Riley at 17-under 267, is the second straight winner at Innisbrook after Paul Casey’s back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due of the pandemic.

The victory places Burns at No. 10 in the world for the first time, knocking Dustin Johnson out of the top 10 for the first time in seven years. Burns won last year by three strokes.

Riley, a first-time PGA Tour rookie, overcame a triple bogey on the par-5 fifth hole with a clutch 5-iron for a birdie on the par-3 17th. He birdied a 15-footer putt on the 18 for the win and left it on the right, closing with a 72.

Both made pars on the 18th of the playoffs, with Riley saving the par from a forward bunker. Neither seemed to be in great birdie position on the 16th until Burns’ putt caught the left edge and went 180 degrees around the cut before falling off the back. Riley hit good ground in front of the drill to extend the playoffs and missed long.

Justin Thomas (70) and Matthew NeSmith (71) finished a shot out of the playoffs.


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Shaun Norris of South Africa lost a four-stroke lead in the final round, then rallied late to close with a 2-under 70 to hold off Dean Burmester in the Steyn City Championship for his first European Tour title.

Burmester took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 sixth, then an eagle on the par-4 seventh, and extended his lead to two shots with a birdie on the 10th.

Norris responded with three birdies on his next six holes, and they were tied for 17th. Norris birdied a fourth on the back nine as Burmester took a double bogey, and the three-shot swing gave Norris some breathing room heading into the final.

Norris finished 25-under 263 for his 10th world title.

Burmester finished with a 69.

The tournament was also sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.


BROUSSARD, La. (AP) — Carl Yuan of China won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open for his first Korn Ferry Tour title, beating Peter Uihlein with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

Yuan finished with a 6-under 65 to tie Uihlein at 14-under 270 at Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club. Uihlein shot a 70.

Jose de Jesus Rodríguez (68) and Trevor Werbylo (70) were a blow back.


Former British Open women’s champion Georgia Hall closed with a 1-under 71 for a five-stroke victory in the Aramco Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour. Czech Republic’s Kristyna Napoleaova and Johanna Gustavsson each shot 70 to tie in second place. … Harrison Crowe, a 20-year-old Australian amateur, shot a 4-under 67 and held on for a one-shot win over Blake Windred at the New South Wales Open on the PGA Tour of Australia.