Overview: Mr. Consistency for the Tigers over the last two years, his score counted towards Clemson's team score 29 of 30 rounds in 2010-11 and 29 of 32 as a sophomore for 58 of his last 62 over two years... had a 73.23 stroke average in 2010-11 , just 0.23 strokes per round behind leader Corbin Mills...took just seven more shots than Mills over the 30 rounds...has a 73.23 stroke average for his career...veteran of 24 tournaments and 71 rounds, most among active Tigers...has 16 rounds under par and 12 rounds at par...has 56 rounds at 75 or better among his 71 total rounds, a 79 percent figure...has NCAA Tournament experience, he finished 17th at Southeast Regional at Alpharetta, GA in 2010 where he shot a 213, and 41st place in 2011 regional when he shot 218...shot a 225 at The Honors Course in the NCAA Championships, Clemson's fourth best golfer at the event...has finished in the top 25 in 12 of his last 17 events over two years...had third best stroke average on the team at 72.88,in 2009-10, an improvement of 1.68 stroke per round over his freshman year...starter in 11 of the 12 tournaments in 2009-10...had just one top 10 finish, but had streak of six straight top 20s through the NCAA Southeast Regional, only Tiger on the team who had a streak of six straight top 20s all year...even current PGA Tour player Ben Martin didn't do it...lettered in 2008-09 as a first-year freshman...played in three events and had a 74.56 stroke average fifth on the team...has reached the second round of match play at the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst each of the last three years...native of South Carolina who made all-state six consecutive years...honorable mention AJGA All-American...reached second round of match play at the US Amateur in 2008 and has qualified for the 2011 event.
Fall 2011: Senior who played in three of the four tournaments in the fall...had 74.33 stroke average with three rounds at par or better...had 23 birdies and an eagle...his score counted in 6 of 9 rounds...third among Clemson golfers at the Carpet Classic, he finished 19th with a 217 score, one over par...had opening rounds of 71 and 70...the 70 tied for the best round of the day by a Clemson golfer...helped Clemson to second place at Jerry Pate with a 72 in the second round...also had two counting scores at the US Collegiate, he ha an even par 72 in the final round to help Tigers to fifth place finish...has played more tournaments (27) and more rounds (80) than any active Tiger...has 13 career rounds at par, more than any other active Tiger and 31 rounds at par or better, tied for the best among active Tigers...has 73.36 career stroke average, 61 of his 80 rounds have been 75 or better.
Summer 2011: Played in just four events, but outstanding every time out...reached final 32 of the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst, he defeated Andy Knox in the first round 4 & 3, then lost to T.J. Bordeaux in an incredible 28 holes...finished eighth at the Palmetto Amateur with a 279 score, he had a 68 in each of the first two rounds...finished fourth at South Carolina Amateur with a 286, two under par...he was under par for each of his first three rounds, one of just two players to do that in the field at the Colleton River Plantation Course...also qualified for the US Amateur by shooting 146 at Colleton River Plantation July 18-19...marked second time in his career he has finished first at a US Amateur qualifier at that facility.
In 2010-11: Third on the team in stroke average with 73.23 figure, had rounds of 75 or better in 24 of 30 rounds...played in 10 of the 11 tournaments, the only event he missed was the US Collegiate...had 14 rounds at par or better to tie the team lead, six under par and eight at par...enters the 2011-12 with a streak of 15 straight rounds of 74 or better and 13 of 15 at 73 or better...third on the team in par four scoring with a 4.14 figure...not a big hitter, but ranks first on the team in scoring on par five holes with a 4.75 figure...second on the team in birdies with 92...averages 30.0 putts per round, best on the team...hits greens in regulation .653 of the time, best on the team...has had best score of the day six times this year...had a season best 65 in the second round of the year at the Carpet Classic, he finished fifth overall in a strong field, best among Tigers at the event...shot a 212 for the tournament, his best of the year...that fifth-place finish was his best as a Tiger...had a sixth place at Furman where he shot a 214...has finished in the top 10 just twice, but in the top 21 in six of 10 events he has played...has shot between 214 and 218 in six straight tournaments...has improved his stroke average by 2.96 strokes per round in the spring as compared to the fall, second best improvement on the team...low tournaments of the spring took place at USCA Cleveland Classic and the Furman Invitational where he had 214 scores.
Summer of 2010: Made second round of the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst, third straight year he has reached match play of the event...defeated Michael Shrader 1-up on the first round before losing to Blayne Barber in second round 4 and 3...finished 17th at the Palmetto Amateur in July with a 287 score, including a final round 68...finished second at his US Amateur qualifier with a 144 score... had rounds of 73-76 in the stroke play qualifier at US Amateur in Washington, 57th best in the field of 312...lost in a playoff to reach the match play portion of the championship.
In 2009-10: Starter as a sophomore and had second best stroke average on the team at 72.88...helped Tigers to second-place finish at regional and 16th-place finish at national...had strong showing at NCAA Southeast Regional, he finished 17th with a 213 score, three-over-par...had a 68 in the second round that tied for the best round by a Tiger at the regional...finished strong with a 71, including a birdie on the last hole when he hit a five-iron from 204 yards to within a foot of the hole...had just 23 more strokes in 32 rounds than top Tiger Ben Martin...finished the year with a #130 ranking on the Sagarin computer rankings, a 71.76 rating...had 72.2 stroke average for his last eight events, best on the team during that time...had seven top 20 finishes for the year, six in the spring...played in all three events in the fall with a 15th place at The Brickyard his top performance...had consistent 73-71 to help Clemson to second-place finish...shot 222 at Carpet Classic to finish 33rd against a strong national field, he tied for Clemson's second best golfer at that tournament...had then career best round of 69 at Carpet Classic, that tied for the best round by a Tiger in the fall...started the spring with 39th place finish at Puerto Rico, then put together five straight top 20s...was not Clemson's best golfer in any of the last six events, but was second best in four of the six...had career best eighth-place finish at Furman when he shot a 220...shot even-par 213 at Hootie to finish 17th...also finished 17th with 213 score at NCAA Southeast Regional...had career best 210 score at Augusta State to finish 14th...had three consecutive under-par rounds at that event, the only time he has done that in his career...shot career best 68 in first round of the ACC Tournament, he finished 19th overall with even par 216 score...has team best 3.07 average on par three holes, among the top 20 figures in the nation...third on the team in birdies with 95, and had team best 11.50 pars per round...also tied for team best in fewest bogeys per round at 3.0...hit greens in regulation .669 of the time...consistent over his rounds, averaged 72.44 in first rounds and 72.78 in last rounds...his score counted in all but four rounds this year...had a streak of 14 in a row broken in NCAA first round, but finished strong with 139 over last two rounds...had 225 score at NCAA national tournament at Honors Course, he had opening round 73 for his best round of the event.
Summer of 2009: Played well in his three amateur events...finished 28th at Palmetto Amateur, his 290 total included a 67 in the second round...finished 13th in qualifier for the North-South Amateur at Pinehurst with a 72, he then reached the second round of the match play with a win over Kevin O'Connell, 3 & 2...lost in second round to University of Florida All-American Tyson Alexander...also reached match play of the Carolinas Amateur with a 142 in the qualifier...finished 12th at South Carolina Amateur with a 286 score, second best among the seven Clemson golfers at the event...his performance included a second round 68 and two other rounds at even par.
In 2008-09: Played in three tournaments that year, including the first two of the year...helped Clemson to fourth-place finish at strong field at The Preview with a 225 score...he was fourth best among Tigers at the event...his final round 73 was second best that day behind Kyle Stanley's 69...showed improvement in each round of all three events he played, a rare stat, especially for a freshman...fourth best among Clemson players at The Preview where he shot a 225...improved from 76 to 75 to 74 over his three rounds at Inverness...shot a season best 221 at The Hootie at Bulls Bay...after opening 78, he had rounds of 72 and 71 to close strong...tied for best round among Clemson golfers on the final day...shot 75 or better in six of his nine rounds, including four of his last six...finished the year with a .698 fairway hitting percentage, second best on the team...averaged 31.33 putts per round.
Summer 2008: Had an impressive summer in limited play...both of his most impressive performances were at Pinehurst #2...reached second round of match play at North-South Amateur at Pinehurst in July, he defeated Clemson teammate David May in 20 holes, then lost to Patrick Rada in the second round 2-up...won his US Amateur qualifier by six shots at Colleton River Plantation in Hilton Head with a 136 score, four-under-par...finished fifth at the South Carolina Amateur with a 281 score, he was the top finisher among Clemson players at that event...reached second round of match play at US Amateur...10th out of 312 golfers in the medal play qualifier, then defeated Michael O'Neal of Jacksonville, FL in the first round before losing to eventual Amateur champion Danny Lee in the second round.
Prior to Clemson: South Carolina Junior Player of the Year in 2007...the 2007 SCISA Player of the Year...named to all-state teams in South Carolina from 2002-08...already has three top 35 finishes in South Carolina Amateur on his resume, including a top 20 in 2007...2006 SCJGA Champion and had runner-up finish in 2007...had a pair of top 10 finishes in AJGA events, he finished in top five at AJGA Heritage and seventh at AJGA Players Championship...captured the 2006 Joe Cheves Junior Invitational @ Mimosa Hills when he shot 70-68...earned six letters in high school at Orangeburg Prep in Orangeburg, SC ...Jacob also played three years of high school basketball and he was named best defensive player of that team twice in his career...named to National Honor Society in the classroom...boys state, eagle scout and honor graduate... comes to Clemson from same hometown that sent former Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler to Clemson... father played football at The Citadel in the 1960s...son of Gil and Mona Burger...born Dec. 13, 1989 in Charleston, SC...majoring in marketing at Clemson.
Burger Personality Profile
Favorite Current Professional Golfer: Zach Johnson
Favorite Golfer in History: Jack Nicklaus
Favorite Athlete outside of golf: Michael Jordan
Favorite Clemson golfer of all-time: Lucas Glover
Favorite course I have played: Erin Hills in Wisconsin
Favorite Golf Hole: No. 17 at TPC in Jacksonville
Toughest Course I have played: Scarlet Course at Ohio State
My Best Shot Ever: No. 18, a five iron to a foot of the hole in the final round of the 2010 NCAA Regional at the Capital City Club
My best all-time round (score and where): 64, Oconee Country Club
The Best Part of my game is: Irons
My favorite club: 9 iron
The part of the game I must improve is: putting
The Biggest influence on my golf career has been: dad
My dream foursome includes myself and: Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus