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The Definition Of Insanity

Sam Burns perfectly pokes fun at himself for disastrous triple bogey that cost him the Hero World Challenge

December 06, 2021

As the saying goes, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If that's true, Sam Burns went insane at the 14th hole on Sunday at the Hero World Challenge.

The worst part is that Burns had just regained a share of the lead two holes earlier, having holed out for birdie on a greenside chip at the par-3 12th. He then made par at 13, then drove it up near the green at the short par-4 14th, but left himself with a tricky chip to a green that was running away from him. 

And run away his ball did, leaving him with an uphill chip on his third shot, which, if poorly struck, was going to roll right back to his feet. Burns attempted a bump-and-run with a wood, then did it again, then did it again. Finally, he switched to a wedge, barely got it to stay on the green and somehow made the putt for triple bogey. Yikes. 

Burns did exactly what he should have done afterward - made fun of himself. That's the only way to handle making yourself look like a 15-handicapper:

It should be said again - this was a very good triple bogey, all things considered. And the putt dropping clearly kept his head in it the rest of the way, as Burns went on to make eagle on the very next hole and a birdie at the 17th. He finished at 15 under, three shots back of eventual winner Viktor Hovland. A par on the 14th would have at least gotten him in a playoff. Golf, am I right?