Jason Dufner will be hoping to turn around a frustrating season when he begins the defence of his Byron Nelson Championship title in Dallas, Texas, later today.
The 36-year-old heads into Thursday's opening round at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas off the back of his worst round of 2013 - a closing 80 at The Players Championship, following three double bogeys on the final day at Sawgrass.
Dufner is yet to record a top-10 finish this season, and has already missed two cuts, which is a far cry from his impressive form this time last year, when the American claimed his first two PGA Tour victories, finished runner-up at Colonial, and ended a successful US Open tournament in fourth-place, all in the space of four weeks.
But, despite his disappointing performances this year, Dufner is focusing on keeping his composure, emphasising the importance of not getting too high when things are going well, and equally not too low when form is more difficult to come by.
"I don't show it, but obviously it's going on inside," he told a press conference on Wednesday, as quoted by Golf Illustrated's Golf.com. "I played a lot of rounds this year with frustration and anger on my mind.
"I've got a good way of hiding the good and the bad. But there has been more anger and frustration this year than there was last year, for sure."
Asked if he'll be taking inspiration from his Byron Nelson victory last year, on his way to making 21 consecutive cuts to end the season on a high, Dufner remained equally level-headed.
"I don't reflect on it very much at all," he added. "Nothing is staying the same in golf. You're either getting better or you're getting worse. At this moment in time, I'm a little bit worse than I was last year."
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