Tiger Stadium won’t be used for its intended function — you know, football games — for another five months, when the Tigers host BYU to open up the 2017 season. In the meantime, sophomore golfer Sam Burns has decided to turn the 102,321 stadium into his own personal driving range.
On Monday afternoon, Burns grabbed his clubs, set up a mat, and launched shots at target at midfield. And, of course, he nailed it, and the video has subsequently gone viral.
From the bleachers.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) April 4, 2017
It’s really nothing new for Burns. As a high schooler at Calvary Baptist Academy, Burns was the No. 1 prospect in the country. In his freshman season, he more than lived up to the expectations, finishing the season ranked No. 35 in Golfstat’s final individual rankings. An honorable mention All-America following his freshman year, Burns has become a model of consistency for LSU.
The fifth-ranked Tigers claimed the Aggie Invitational on Sunday — an event that was truncated due to rain — led by a sixth-place finish from Burns, who has now finished in the top-1o in 11 consecutive tournaments. Burns is currently a favorite to win both the Haskins and Ben Hogan Awards.
For now, he’ll continue preparing at Tiger Stadium, one viral shot at a time.