Temporary status and unlimited exemptions in reach for Burns
It is still possible for Sam Burns to earn himself PGA Tour special temporary status at the US Open. If Burns secures 72 points at Shinnecock Hills, he will be on his way to becoming a temporary member at the PGA Tour, and also to be eligible to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions.
If Burns locks down a 12th finish or a three-way tie for 11th he will be able to earn enough points to get a temporary status. Burns is currently at 197 non-member points in 10 starts and needs to get to 269. However, the 21-year-old former LSU standout doesn’t seem to be too bothered about his stance, he said;
“Just going to go out there and try to play the best I can.”
Through 18 holes, Burns is in good position at the 118th US Open. He has made four birdies, including three in his last five holes, to shoot 1-over 71 on a difficult scoring day, Thursday. Burns is now just two shots off the lead and in a tie for sixth.
“There were some holes out here today where you just take par and run,” Burns said. “I’m very pleased with how I played.”
“My score didn’t really show how I played,” Burns said of that third round at Muirfield Village. “I think I played a lot better than that. I felt like I’d been playing well, so it was really just a matter of time, fine-tuned a couple of things, get a little momentum going, get some confidence, and I feel like that’s what happened last Monday.
Whatever happens this week, I’ll go back out there and try to finish up strong.”
If Burns finishes off strong this week, he could put himself in position to finish inside the 125 in the FedEx Cup standings and lock down his PGA Tour for next season.