Burns confident he has the tools to win

21 February 2021 20:11:01 GMTPlus10

Sam Burns admits conditions at the Riviera Country Club are playing tough but he believes he has the tools to claim a maiden win on the PGA Tour at the Genesis Invitational.

The 24-year-old American was in scintillating form in the opening two rounds, posting a tournament 36-hole record at 12-under, which put him five ahead of his closest pursuers.

However, high winds added a delay to the start of round three and although play eventually resumed, it wasn't for long enough for the players to close out the day's action.

Burns had looked devoid of nerves through most of his third round but back-to-back bogeys on holes 12 and 13 helped the chasers bridge the gap.

There were 43 players unable to complete Saturday's penultimate round, with Burns still to play five holes.

The Louisiana native remains in control of the tournament at -10, but only two clear of England's Matt Fitzpatrick who still has the 18th left to play.

Wyndham Clark, Max Homa and world number one Dustin Johnson sit tied for third on -7, with the latter pair still having to play five holes of their third round.

Speaking after his Saturday struggles, Burns said: "The golf course is playing really tough.

"I think we did a good job of just trying to put it in the right spots and go from there."

The 24-year-old added: "I'd like to think that I have all the tools to win out here.

"I try not to get caught up in that and am just trying to get better each week and just trying to build as the season goes on."

Burns, whose one professional win came on the Web.com Tour at the Savannah Golf Championship in 2018, is 126.00 for victory at the Genesis Invitational.

Johnson is 2001.00, with Fitzpatrick a 2001.00 chance, while Patrick Cantlay is on offer at 4001.00.

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