Sam Burns hopes a return to top form is just around the corner as he tries to score a rare hat-trick in his PGA Tour victories. Valspar Championship.

Burns won the first Tour title at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in 2021 and defended the title the following year, defeating American Davis Riley in a playoff.

Although the world’s number 15 has entered the week by finishing in the top 10 only once so far this season, if he triumphs again on Sunday, he will be the first player to win the same event three years in a row.

“So far I can say it hasn’t been great,” Burns said of the 2023 campaign at a pre-tournament press conference. “I think there is a bit of inconsistency.

“But I think the most important thing to remember is that as a player he’s never been as far away as you sometimes feel, and that’s why I’m thinking of continuing to work hard and stick to my testing process.” to get better and I know that at some point it will click and everything will come together.

“I think for me it’s just not looking too far ahead and trying to get a little better every day.

“I have so many wonderful memories (that I have) from the last few years. But it feels good to be back. It doesn’t look like it was a year ago. It goes quickly.”

Former Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker He was the last player to win a PGA Tour event three years in a row at the John Deere Classic from 2009 to 2011.

Since then, there have been 13 players who have had the opportunity to match Stricker, and no one has succeeded. Brooks Koepka when he finished second he came closest Pebble Beach He is after his third consecutive US Open title in 2019.