Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington 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 following the PGA Championship.
Harrington's struggles with his game continued, finishing in the top 10 on the European Tour only four times in 2012 and extending his winless run on major tours to four years.
Ahead of the first event of 2013, the Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa this week, both players are showing signs of hope for a happier new year.
Goosen said ''the back feels great.'' Harrington was revived this week by his return to Durban Country Club, the site of his first European Tour tournament and first paycheck 17 years ago.
The 33-man field at the Volvo Champions is made up of the 26 winners from the European Tour in 2012 and the first two events of the new season plus places for players who have won 10 or more car...