Burns was born in Mission Hills, California. Burns went to John F. Kennedy High school located in the San Fernando Valley. He attended college at Cal State Northridge and was a member of the golf team. He won All-American honors his junior year, and was the individual medalist at the 1990 NCAA Division II Championship. He turned pro in 1991 and joined the PGA Tour in 1994.
During Burns' first month on the PGA Tour, his home in Northridge, California was rocked by a massive earthquake. He ended his rookie season 101st on the money list but failed to qualify for the PGA Tour for 1995 by a single stroke, and spent the next two years on the Nationwide Tour. His career hit a low-point in 1997 when he failed to qualify for either tour. In 1998, his fortunes improved dramatically when he won two tournaments and finished first on the Nationwide Tour money list with $178,664 in earnings. He regained his PGA Tour card for the following season and continued to improve his game. In 2002, he won once and earned over a million dollars in a single season for the first time in his career. His career took another downturn, however, and he was back on the Nationwide Tour in 2005 after failing to qualify by a single shot.
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CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
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