Consistency has been the hallmark of Luke Donald's career. And the remarkable level of consistency that the Englishman portrays is most often revealed when things don't necessarily work out as he planned.
For example, it took his three-putt on the 16th hole at Kingsbarns golf course in Scotland during the first round of the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to reveal the true value of one of the most consistent putting strokes in the game. That was his first three-putt in 450 holes of golf.
And this year, the man who turned professional in 2001 had two other moments he might not be happy highlighting but which again reveal his amazing consistency. When he missed the cut in the Malaysian Open, it was the first time in his career that he'd missed a cut in a European Tour event. And when he missed the cuts in both the Open Championship and PGA Championship, it was the first time in his career he'd missed consecutive Major cuts in a single year.
Donald has often spoken of the little victories in the game that he looks out for, and yet he has amassed some of the greatest achievements in the history of the sport.
In 2011 he reached world number one status and became the first player in history to finish top of both the PGA Tour and European Tour moneylists in the same season, earning himself an MBE from the Queen.
He has won 14 times around the world, the first of which as a professional came when he beat South Africa's Deane Pappas by a single stroke to win the PGA Tour's Southern Farm Bureau Classic in 2002.
It was an auspicious start to a career that showed signs of greatness when he joined Northwestern University to study Art and won the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship in 1999, beating the scoring record held by Tiger Woods.
Throughout his career his victories have not come as fast as some of his fans and critics would've liked.
After his initial breakthrough in 2002, it was only in 2004 when he won again in the European Tour's Scandinavian Masters and the Omega European Masters. The next win came in the 2006 Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, and then he had to wait four years before the next victory in the Madrid Masters on the European Tour. He won four times in 2011, and then three times in 2012.
But such gaps in victories haven't bothered him too much. "I know winning is a big deal and it's the biggest deal, but being consistent is also important", he has said.
Consistency with his short game has been Donald's biggest asset. It has earned him praise from all of his peers, including Martin Kaymer. When Donald beat Kaymer 3&2 in the 2011 final of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, Kaymer said afterwards, "What Luke is doing (with his short game) at the moment is a joke".
This year hasn't played out to the usual high standards Donald sets for himself. But a return to South Africa may just spark something for the avid painter and art collector.
He teamed up with Sally Little to win the 2007 Gary Player Invitational in South Africa, and he's making a sixth appearance in the Nedbank Golf Challenge this year.
He may yet produce a masterpiece at the end of 2013.