It took me a while to buy into Jason Dufner last year, but after he kept churning out consistent solid tournaments I finally bought in.
After all, in his last 14 events of 2012, he didn't have one finish lower than 31st.
So, once Dufner finally got me on board, I was convinced his solid and consistent ball striking would lead to prolonged success. It hasn't.
Dufner hasn't been terrible. He's missed just two cuts in his 11 events, but he isn't playing anywhere near the level where he was last year.
Dufner's highest finish this year is 12th.
He did have a solid 20th at the Masters, but that is easily his best finish in his last five events. He was cut at Bay Hill prior to the Masters and he's gotten worse each week following the Masters with a 35th, 42nd and 62nd.
Dufner is 13th in driving accuracy, but he is just 55th in greens in regulation. He is also putting much worse than last year and is currently 153rd in strokes gained-putting.
Dufner hasn't been showing any signs of improvement with his approaches or putting, and until he does, he will be doomed to mediocrity.