After losing to Keegan Bradley in a playoff at the PGA Championship a year ago, Jason Dufner has come back in 2012 with a great year to this point, only missing one cut in ten starts with six top 25 finishes. He had back to back events this year (Transitions Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational) where he started off with two great rounds, only to play himself out of contention when the weekend came along. I'm not saying it will happen again this week, but it has to be hard for someone who has gone through that twice already and not have it creep up in the back of their mind again. He is tied for first in putts per round with 25 and sixth in putts per green in regulation with 1.51, so if he can continue his hot streak with the putter on Saturday I don't see anyone catching up to him.
One of the more interesting stories of the event thus far has been the improved play of Camilo Villegas, who is tied for eighth after shooting rounds of 69 and 66. Since winning the Honda Classic in 2010 he has pretty much fallen off the map, missing nine cuts last year and five this year in only nine starts. Going into the event his main weakness, similar to Dufner, was hit putting, as he currently ranks 141st on Tour in strokes gained from putting. However, Villegas has been putting much better this week, ranking in the top 10 in most putting categories. Hopefully Camilo can have a strong finish and build off of it for the rest of the year, because he was one of the more interesting players to watch on Tour and it would be good to see him back in contention.
Ryan Kekoufski is a scratch golfer who has both played and watched the sport for well over a decade. He covers sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network, and currently resides in Virginia.
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