5 Reasons Why Jason Dufner Will Win The 2014 Masters

5 Reasons Why Jason Dufner Will Win the 2014 Masters

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Jason Dufner has been at the top of the standings at the Masters before the weekend. It was a learning experience for him and can be built upon heading into the 2014 tournament. He always comes across as a fan favorite and is sure to have the crowd on his side. Let's look at five reasons why he can take that support and turn it into a victory at Augusta.

5. Dufner's Results at the Masters Have Continually Improved

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5. Dufner's Results at the Masters Have Continually Improved

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The 2014 Masters will be the fourth time that Dufner walks across the grounds at Augusta. He has continually improved over the three previous tournaments. In his debut in 2011, Dufner finished 30th. He improved six places the following year and then finished 20th last year after leading the tournament.

4. Consistent Play

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4. Consistent Play

Jason Dufner Drive
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Dufner has become a very consistent player. This year, he has played in seven events and has made the cut in all seven. He also has four top-25 finishes in those tournaments. Dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season, Dufner has missed only four cuts.

3. He is a Good Putter

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3. He is a Good Putter

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Dufner is widely considered to be one of the better putters in the PGA, although his early-season play has not backed that up. Dufner is doing his homework this year and has a better idea of the subtle breaks on the greens at Augusta given his experience. When asked about the greens, Dufner said he liked them. He is 12th in putting on par-4s on tour this year.

2. Positive Finishes at Other Major Tournaments

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2. Positive Finishes at Other Major Tournaments

Jason Dufner 2014 Masters
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Dufner seems to shine at the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship. He has a top-five finish in both of those tournaments, showing that he can handle the pressure. He has stated that he understands the special opportunity to lead at Augusta, which leads me to the most important reason why he can contend this weekend.

1. Positive Attitude

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1. Positive Attitude

Jason Dufner Up Close
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Golf can be less about ability and more about mental toughness. He remained calm after faltering at the Masters last year, stating that he just needed to keep going, which showed when he won the Zurich Classic. He was one of the few Americans to win a head-to-head match at the Ryder Cup last year, which gave his confidence a boost. Dufner approaches his season week-to-week and that attitude may give him an edge on others.


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