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Sam Burns has hilariously awkward exchange with reporter about the time he broke his ankle

August 12, 2022

Keyur Khamar

In the midst of the best season of his career, Sam Burns entered this week's FedEx St. Jude Championship at No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings. But after a strong opening round, he was unintentionally reminded about a time when things weren't so good.

Burns fired a first-round 65 to put him among the leaders after Day 1 at TPC Southwind, then got a question fired at him by a reporter that prompted an awkward, but funny exchange. Here's how it went down:

Q. I don't have it in front of me and I know this won't surprise you, but I haven't memorized your entire career record, but I was curious what it was like your first year on Tour when you got to the postseason and you probably weren't ranked as high, was there more, I don't want to say a distraction, but were there other things in play?

SAM BURNS: Unfortunately, my first year I broke my ankle in July so I wasn't able to play in the Playoffs.

Q. Didn't remember that either, Sam. Sorry.

SAM BURNS: I try to forget it, too.

As with basically everything else during a season in which he's won three times and earned nearly $7 million and counting, Burns handled that well. Well, other than that final round at the Players Championship when I had a nice bet on Burns and he played like he had a broken ankle. Sigh. Sorry to remind you about that also, Sam.