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Sam Burns WDs from WGC-Dell Match Play

March 21, 2022

Douglas P. DeFelice

Sam Burns withdrew from the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Monday.

Burns, who captured the Valspar Championship Sunday by defeating Davis Riley in sudden death, cited a need to rest as the reason for the WD.

“After three long weeks of golf, I feel that taking this week to rest and prepare for the busy stretch ahead is best. I appreciate the support and look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

Burns is coming off a torrid stretch. He turned in a T-9 at the grueling Arnold Palmer Invitational, played in the penultimate pairing of the weather-wrecked Players Championship (where a final-round 76 dropped him to T-26) and capped off his run by successfully defending his title at the Valspar.

Burns, now up to No. 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has three wins in the past calendar year and eight worldwide top 10s in his last 16 starts. He is second in the FedEx Cup and ranks 11th in strokes gained on the season.

Replacing Burns in the Match Play field is Maverick McNealy. Bernd Wiesberger is now the first alternate.