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January 2 2013

7:00 AM

Heat Sheet: 5 to watch at Hyundai

Scott Piercy ended 2012 with three top-10 finishes. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)

By Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM

Each week, PGATOUR.COM will highlight players who enter that week’s tournament with momentum. Given that the 2013 season is starting this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, here’s a look at five players in the field who finished their 2012 seasons on high notes.

Ryan Moore ... No one in this field put the finishing touches on 2012 better. After missing the cut at the PGA Championship, he advanced all the way to the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola thanks to consecutive T10s at the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship. Then, two weeks after sharing third place at East Lake, he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for his second career title. A couple of weeks later, his first child was born.

Scott Piercy ... After a T15 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, he extended his year with a T6 at the Shriners, a T10 at the CIMB Classic and a T2 at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Although obviously played on three different courses, his actual scoring average over those 12 rounds was 67.33. More impressive is that he closed out each of those tournaments with his low round of its respective week -- 64 (Shriners), 62 (CIMB) and 65 (WGC-HSBC).

Ian Poulter ... It's hard to believe but he's never qualified for the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. Given how he slammed the door on 2012, the Englishman is poised to end that drought. After a fourth-place finish at the BMW Masters in China, he won the WGC-HSBC Champions the following week, also in China. Two weeks later, he was the runner-up at the Talisker Masters in Australia. However, he did fail to contend in his last two starts.

Bubba Watson ... In case you missed it, since a T5 at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, he would follow a solo 33rd at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a T9 at the World Challenge and a co-runner-up at the Thailand Golf Championship. The lefty shared the low round of the day on Sunday in his last start to enter his holiday break on a crest.

Jason Dufner ... Edges Bill Haas for the final spot. Since concluding his PGA TOUR season at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, Dufner traveled abroad and picked up a pair of runner-up finishes in four starts. A T15 at the 18-man World Challenge cost him a spot or two among these five. If 2013 plays out similarly to 2012, the Ryder Cupper will be a familiar site in this feature.

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