Maple Grove's Burnham Captures Best Finish of LPGA Career, Ties for 9th in Portland
September 2, 2019
PORTLAND, Ore. – Minnesotan Sarah Burnham’s (photo by Gabe Roux/LPGA) rookie season on the LPGA Tour got off to a disappointing start with five straight missed cuts before she earned her first paycheck in June, minutes away from where attended college in East Lansing, Michigan.
Burnham’s game has been trending in the right direction in recent weeks, making the cut in each of her past three starts, and on Sunday, Burnham fired a final-round 72 to claim the best finish of her career with a top-10 performance at the Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
The Maple Grove, Minn., native opened the championship with a 3-under 69 Thursday and followed it by posting the second-lowest round of her career Friday, shooting 6-under 66 to jump 19 spots on the leaderboard following 36 holes of play.
Burnham slid inside the top-10 Saturday with her third consecutive round below par and would begin Sunday’s final round in a tie for ninth place, seven shots off the lead. Looking to make up some ground during her front nine Sunday, Burnham carded back-to-back birdies at the sixth and seventh holes to move to 14-under for the championship.
But a pair of bogeys over her final 11 holes Sunday, put Burnham in the clubhouse tied for ninth with a round of even par 72 to finish at 12-under 276, nearly doubling her career earnings with a payday of over $25,000.
With her performance this week, Burnham climbed 15 spots in the Race to the CME Globe and now sits 134th. In 17 events this season, Burnham has now banked over $52,000 in earnings and currently resides 129th on the women’s official money list.
The former Wayzata High School and Michigan State University standout fired a career-low 65 during the second round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in mid-July, placing 37th.
Burnham’s best performance of the season previously came at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give where she finished tied for 33rd and collecting a paycheck of $13,208, which earned her a spot in the first major championship of her professional career at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship a week later.
Hannah Green, who claimed her first career LPGA victory in June at the KPMG at Hazeltine National Golf Club, overcame a three-stroke deficit Sunday to earn her second win of the season, edging Yealimi Noh by one stroke at 21-under 267.
The next event on the LPGA Tour schedule is the Solheim Cup, Sept. 13-15 at The Gleneagles Hotel, PGA Centenary Course in Perthshire, Scotland.
2019 CAMBIA PORTLAND CLASSIC
COLUMBIA EDGEWATER COUNTRY CLUB
6,478 YARDS, PAR 72
SUNDAY’S FINAL RESULTS
1. Hannah Green, Australia, 64-63-73-67—267
2. Yealimi Noh, United States, 65-68-64—71—268
3. Brittany Altomare, United States, 69-65-68-69—271
T4. Nasa Hataoka, Japan, 66-71-70-66—273
T4. Brooke Henderson, Canada, 67-68-67-71—273
6. Sarah Schmelzel, United States, 72-62-69-71—274
T7. Jane Park, United States, 65-70-74-66—275
T7. Marina Alex, United States, 70-65-73-67—275
T9. SARAH BURNHAM, MAPLE GROVE, MINN., 69-66-69-72—276
T9. Alena Sharp, Canada, 67-70-70-69—276
T9. Jeongeun Lee6, South Korea, 66-68-72-70—276
T9. Sei Young Kim, South Korea, 71-61-73-71—276
T9. Peiyun Chen, Chinese Taipei, 69-67-67-73—276
T9. Mi Jung Hur, South Korea, 64-70-69-73—276
For complete tournament results go to: www.lpga.com/tournaments/cambia-portland-classic/leaderboard