Sam Burns had been the leader or co-leader at some point in nine PGA Tour events this season. Last weekend, he was finally able to keep the lead and won the Valspar Championship by three strokes over Keegan Bradley at a price of 70-1. The 24-year-old Burns earned his first PGA Tour victory and rose from 94 to a career-high mark of 44 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He rode a hot putter to victory having gained 9.1 strokes on the greens (third) on the field. Burns' next outing will be in two weeks at the AT&T Byron Nelson before taking part in the PGA Championship the following week.
Meanwhile, this week's Wells Fargo Championship has a nice pre-major feel with 11 of the world's top 20 players in Charlotte participating. Justin Thomas (10-1) is the favorite, and he does have a win at Quail Hollow Club with his victory in the 2017 PGA Championship. Thomas led the field for both Strokes Gained: Approach and Strokes Gained: Tee-To-Green last week but finished only tied for 13th because he finished 67th for Strokes Gained: Putting among the 69 players who made the cut. He lost 6.44 strokes on the greens over a four-day span. World No. 2 Thomas is followed by World No. 3 Jon Rahm (11-1), who enters with four straight top-10 finishes.