Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington both won't have minded seeing the back of 2012. For the multiple major winners, it was a year probably best forgotten.
Goosen struggled with a lingering back injury and didn't play a tournament for the last four months.
Harrington's struggles with his game continued, with his tie for ninth at the season-ending Dubai World Championship his only top 10 of the European Tour season.
Ahead of the first event of 2013, this week's Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa, both players are showing signs of hope for a happier new year.
Goosen says ''the back feels great,'' while Harrington has been revived by his return to Durban Country Club, sight of his first career tour event and paycheck 17 years ago.