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2023 Valspar Championship
US PGA Tour
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
Palm Harbor, Tampa, Florida, USA
16-19 March 2023
Sam Burns will be keen to make history by becoming the first-ever golfer to win the Valspar Championship
What to know about Burns
The American star has established himself as one of the top golfers in the world in the last two years after turning professional in October 2017.
Burns has won five professional tournaments so far in his career including four PGA Tour events with 2021 being his breakout year in the professional golf tours.
Prior to that, the former Louisiana State University student had earned his first professional win at the 2018 Savannah Golf Championship on the Web.com Tour.
Burns was part of the field at the recent 2023 Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA where he finished 35th.
The current year has seen the Shreveport-born golfer finish sixth at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona, USA and 11th at the American Express in California, USA.
Why is Burns among the favourites?
Burns will be returning to one of his favourite golf venues on the PGA Tour, the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club where he has enjoyed a lot of success.
The Choudrant-based golfer won back to back Valspar Championship titles at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in 2021 and 2022.
This makes Burns the clear favourite to win this year's tournament and boost his ranking on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) as he is currently placed 15th.
“Man, it's crazy. Davis [Riley] played well today, especially the way he finished. I tried to stay steady. I didn't make a lot of mistakes," Burns said after winning the 2022 Valspar Championship.
"A lot of time on Sunday if you plot your way around, make a bunch of pars, throw in a few birdies, a lot of times it works well. I'm so happy.
“The thing about last year is it has nothing to do with this year. So many things are different. There’s not much correlation between the two.”
Last five Valspar Championship winners
2017 - Adam Hadwin - Canada
2018 - Paul Casey - England
2019 - Paul Casey - England
2021 - Sam Burns - USA
2022 - Sam Burns - USA
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