Burns leaves PGA Championship with back injury

Sam Burns of Choudrant left the first round of the PGA Championship Thursday with a back injury. (Courtesy photo)

By T. Scott Boatright

Former LSU golf standout Sam Burns, of Choudrant, withdrew midway through the first round of Thurday’s PGA Championship at Kiwah Island, South Carolina, citing a back injury.

Burns’ manager Brett Falkoff told The Golf Channel that Burns slipped teeing off on the fifth hole and re-aggravated a previous lower back injury.

Currently ranked as the No. 26 golfer in the world, Burns left with a 4-over 41 that included a triple bogey and a double bogey before he leaving the course after suffering the injury.

The 24-year-old won the Valspar Championship three weeks ago, then finished second at the AT&T Byron Nelson last week.


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