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2011 Best Values: Golfers Who will Pay Off

Greg Vara

Greg Vara

Vara is the lead golf writer at RotoWire. He was named the 2013 FSWA Golf Writer of the Year. In addition to producing the weekly preview and the bulk of the draft kit content, Vara participates in Yahoo!'s "Experts Picks" where he routinely dominates. He also picks college football games against the spread in his "College Capper" article.

A player's grade is based solely on his value for 2011. The value compares 2010 earnings vs. 2011 projected earnings. A player such as Rickie Fowler might earn a "D" grade or lower. That is no indication of how he will play this year, it is simply a result of how his 2011 projected earnings compare to his 2010 earnings.

Improvement percentage (2010 vs. 2011 earnings) is the factor that drives the grading process. Anything positive is a good score, though a slight positive score might just reflect inflation in the prize money.

(Note: 2011 earnings projections below may differ from those on the 2011 Golf Projections list. This is simply due to the golf writers' opinion.)

GOLFER2011 PROJ. EARNINGS2010 EARNINGSIMPROVE. PCTGRADEEVENTS
1. Peter Hanson$750,000$179,075318.8A7
2. Tiger Woods$4,500,000$1,294,765247.6A12
3. Ryo Ishikawa$500,000$149,180235.2A10
4. Alvaro Quiros$500,000$232,464115.1A9
5. Kenny Perry$1,750,000$968,81180.6A20
6. Chad Campbell$1,750,000$971,15480.2A28
7. Justin Leonard$1,750,000$1,026,44570.5A27
8. John Rollins$2,000,000$1,182,73669.1A26
9. Steve Marino$2,500,000$1,479,23969.0A25
10. Brian Gay$2,500,000$1,521,66364.3A30
11. Stephen Ames$1,500,000$916,52763.7A23
12. Sean O'Hair$3,000,000$1,859,04061.4A25
13. Sergio Garcia$1,500,000$936,84560.1A15
14. Stewart Cink$2,500,000$1,573,63658.9A23
15. Graham DeLaet$1,500,000$954,01157.2A28
16. Andres Romero$1,500,000$979,17053.2A21
17. Charl Schwartzel$2,000,000$676,845195.5B11
18. Miguel A. Jimenez$350,000$213,00064.3B7
19. Chris Riley$1,500,000$1,001,58249.8B24
20. Josh Teater$1,500,000$1,005,32349.2B31
21. Ryuji Imada$1,500,000$1,028,86945.8B28
22. Padraig Harrington$2,000,000$1,381,45344.8B18
23. Matt Jones$1,750,000$1,215,74343.9B27
24. Phil Mickelson$5,500,000$3,821,73343.9B20
25. Aaron Baddeley$1,250,000$879,31742.2B26
26. Ryan Moore$3,250,000$2,374,82336.9B24
27. Anthony Kim$3,500,000$2,574,92135.9B14
28. Kevin Streelman$2,000,000$1,472,34935.8B28
29. Geoff Ogilvy$3,250,000$2,393,04535.8B19
30. Y.E. Yang$1,750,000$1,301,72634.4B21
31. Jimmy Walker$1,250,000$937,98733.3B27
32. Jerry Kelly$1,500,000$1,136,89831.9B29
33. Pat Perez$1,250,000$947,58831.9B27
34. Michael Sim$1,750,000$1,338,92630.7B20
35. Adam Scott$3,250,000$2,489,40230.6B20
36. Blake Adams$1,250,000$963,59329.7C26
37. Rory Sabbatini$2,000,000$1,546,80829.3C26
38. Webb Simpson$1,250,000$972,96228.5C31
39. Nick Watney$3,250,000$2,536,71428.1C24
40. Soren Kjeldsen$200,000$158,98925.8C7
41. J.B. Holmes$3,000,000$2,386,24825.7C26
42. David Toms$2,000,000$1,590,99825.7C25
43. Francesco Molinari$450,000$358,19625.6C8
44. Brandt Snedeker$2,000,000$1,602,69024.8C26
45. D.J. Trahan$2,000,000$1,619,69323.5C27
46. Ben Curtis$1,000,000$812,13623.1C24
47. Dustin Johnson$5,500,000$4,473,12223.0C23
48. Ricky Barnes$2,250,000$1,835,19522.6C28
49. Chad Collins$1,000,000$815,96122.6C26
50. J.J. Henry$1,250,000$1,035,68820.7C27
51. Jason Day$3,500,000$2,904,32720.5C24
52. Dean Wilson$1,000,000$832,64020.1C18
53. John Senden$1,500,000$1,274,05817.7C30
54. Rory McIlroy$3,000,000$2,554,28017.4C16
55. Charley Hoffman$3,000,000$2,559,64617.2C24
56. Simon Dyson$200,000$171,07116.9C8
57. Arjun Atwal$1,750,000$1,507,14316.1C13
58. Luke Donald$4,250,000$3,665,23416.0C20
59. Lucas Glover$1,750,000$1,511,27515.8C23
60. Camilo Villegas$3,500,000$3,035,52315.3C20
61. Garrett Willis$1,000,000$871,76314.7D24
62. Boo Weekley$1,000,000$872,72914.6D27
63. Kris Blanks$1,250,000$1,109,17812.7D30
64. Chris Couch$1,000,000$888,14612.6D23
65. Vijay Singh$1,500,000$1,334,26212.4D24
66. Bo Van Pelt$3,750,000$3,336,25812.4D28
67. Charlie Wi$1,750,000$1,568,49211.6D27
68. Paul Goydos$1,250,000$1,121,25011.5D25
69. Jason Dufner$1,250,000$1,121,69511.4D25
70. Zach Johnson$3,250,000$2,916,99311.4D25
71. Kevin Na$2,250,000$2,021,81511.3D26
72. Justin Rose$4,000,000$3,603,33111.0D22
73. Bubba Watson$3,500,000$3,198,9989.4D22
74. Robert Allenby$3,250,000$2,974,9979.2D22
75. Vaughn Taylor$2,000,000$1,838,8618.8D26
76. Retief Goosen$3,500,000$3,218,0898.8D19
77. Jeff Overton$3,750,000$3,456,3568.5D26
78. Ian Poulter$2,250,000$2,079,6648.2D15
79. Kevin Stadler$1,000,000$931,7207.3D28
80. Brian Davis$1,750,000$1,640,5166.7D32
81. Chris Stroud$1,000,000$942,0826.1D27
82. Ben Crane$3,000,000$2,841,5005.6D24
83. Fredrik Jacobson$1,750,000$1,666,2525.0D24
84. Bryce Molder$1,500,000$1,428,4385.0D26
85. Rickie Fowler$3,000,000$2,857,1085.0D28
86. Jason Bohn$2,000,000$1,904,7635.0D25
87. Hunter Mahan$3,750,000$3,574,5504.9D25
88. Paul Casey$3,750,000$3,613,1943.8D17
89. Carl Pettersson$2,000,000$1,934,4653.4D29
90. Davis Love III$1,250,000$1,214,4722.9D24
91. D.A. Points$1,000,000$975,4332.5D29
92. Charles Howell III$1,500,000$1,482,2111.2D28
93. Greg Chalmers$1,000,000$989,4151.1D27
94. Marc Leishman$1,500,000$1,488,8370.7D26
95. Stephen Gallacher$150,000$149,2450.5D2
96. Robert Karlsson$850,000$853,170-0.4D11
97. Edoardo Molinari$600,000$636,518-5.7D8
98. Tim Wilkinson$150,000$160,706-6.7D15
99. Ken Duke$200,000$220,777-9.4D5
100. Lee Westwood$3,000,000$3,399,954-11.8D11
101. Louis Oosthuizen$1,500,000$1,305,59314.9F5
102. Tim Clark$3,500,000$3,530,002-0.8F24
103. Angel Cabrera$1,250,000$1,266,440-1.3F19
104. Alex Prugh$1,250,000$1,272,606-1.8F28
105. Shaun Micheel$1,000,000$1,025,500-2.5F21
106. Tim Petrovic$1,000,000$1,028,960-2.8F32
107. Steve Stricker$4,000,000$4,190,235-4.5F19
108. Troy Merritt$750,000$786,977-4.7F29
109. Mark Wilson$750,000$789,681-5.0F28
110. Robert Garrigus$1,500,000$1,583,275-5.3F22
111. Bill Haas$2,750,000$2,905,136-5.3F25
112. Graeme McDowell$1,500,000$1,589,337-5.6F10
113. Heath Slocum$2,250,000$2,387,687-5.8F25
114. Jeff Maggert$750,000$801,579-6.4F28
115. Jim Furyk$4,500,000$4,809,622-6.4F21
116. Martin Laird$2,000,000$2,137,928-6.5F26
117. Bill Lunde$1,000,000$1,075,874-7.1F28
118. Brendon de Jonge$2,000,000$2,167,978-7.7F32
119. Ryan Palmer$2,750,000$2,985,296-7.9F27
120. Matt Kuchar$4,500,000$4,910,477-8.4F26
121. Kevin Sutherland$750,000$818,682-8.4F25
122. K.J. Choi$2,000,000$2,199,962-9.1F22
123. Scott Verplank$1,500,000$1,653,190-9.3F22
124. Stuart Appleby$1,750,000$1,965,825-11.0F31
125. Michael Connell$750,000$846,459-11.4F25
126. Matt Bettencourt$750,000$855,901-12.4F32
127. J.P. Hayes$750,000$862,523-13.0F25
128. Tom Gillis$1,000,000$1,166,146-14.2F27
129. Spencer Levin$1,000,000$1,199,672-16.6F31
130. Alex Cejka$750,000$904,253-17.1F28
131. David Duval$750,000$919,584-18.4F24
132. Jonathan Byrd$1,250,000$1,534,981-18.6F26
133. Derek Lamely$750,000$972,961-22.9F28
134. Ernie Els$3,500,000$4,558,861-23.2F20
135. Martin Kaymer$1,250,000$1,762,793-29.1F10
136. Rocco Mediate$750,000$1,138,067-34.1F25
137. Joe Durant$500,000$788,755-36.6F19
138. Roland Thatcher$500,000$796,157-37.2F26
139. Gregory Havret$500,000$810,000-38.3F2
140. Corey Pavin$500,000$839,193-40.4F8
141. Steve Elkington$500,000$955,084-47.6F22
142. Cameron Beckman$500,000$1,158,485-56.8F25
143. WC Liang$100,000$245,436-59.3F4
144. Bob Heintz$100,000$355,047-71.8F3
145. Robert Rock$50,000$186,239-73.2F1