Sam Burns hopes a return to prime type is simply across the nook as he seeks a uncommon hat-trick of PGA Tour victories within the Valspar Championship.
Burns gained his maiden Tour title on the Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in 2021 and retained it the next yr by beating fellow American Davis Riley in a play-off.
The world quantity 15 will turn out to be the primary participant in additional than a decade to win the identical occasion three years in a row if he triumphs once more on Sunday, though he comes into the week having posted only one top-10 end thus far this season.
“I would say it hasn’t been great so far,” Burns mentioned of his 2023 marketing campaign in a pre-tournament press convention. “I think just a little bit of inconsistency.
“But I think the important thing to remember is, as a player, it’s never as far off as sometimes you feel that it is, and so I think just continuing to do the hard work and continuing to kind of stick to my process of trying to get better, and I know that at some point it will click and everything will come together.
“So I think for me it’s trying to not just look too far ahead and just try to get a little bit better each day.
“(I have) lots of really great memories from the last couple years. But it feels good to be back. It doesn’t seem like it was a year ago. It goes by quick.”
Former Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker was the final participant to win a PGA Tour occasion three years in a row, doing so on the John Deere Classic from 2009-2011.
There have been 13 gamers with a possibility to match Stricker since then, with no one succeeding. Brooks Koepka got here closest when he completed runner-up at Pebble Beach in 2019 in pursuit of a 3rd straight US Open title.