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2012 Best Values: Digging for Diamonds

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 2012. The value compares 2011 earnings vs. 2012 projected earnings. A player such as Jason Day 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 2012 projected earnings compare to his 2011 earnings.

Improvement percentage (2011 vs. 2012 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.

GOLFER2011 EARNINGSProj. 2012 EARNINGSIMPROVE. PCTGRADEEVENTS
Graham DeLaet$10,472$750,0007,062A2
Jamie Lovemark$34,693$750,0002,062A9
Daniel Chopra$15,411$250,0001,522A2
Mike Weir$23,312$250,000972A15
Jose Maria Olazabal$6,330$50,000690A6
Matteo Manassero$133,283$1,000,000650A8
Ryo Ishikawa$143,636$1,000,000596A10
Francesco Molinari$158,387$1,000,000531A11
Martin Kaymer$344,209$2,000,000481A10
Miguel A. Jimenez$132,723$750,000465A7
Michael Sim$47,403$250,000427A19
Jeff Maggert$101,080$500,000395A18
Ross Fisher$163,385$800,000390A8
Simon Dyson$185,833$850,000357A3
Tiger Woods$660,238$3,000,000354A9
John Mallinger$179,498$750,000318A15
Kyung-tae Kim$291,309$1,000,000243A9
Edoardo Molinari$397,724$1,250,000214A12
Alvaro Quiros$363,567$1,000,000175A8
Tim Clark$571,000$1,500,000163A4
Kevin Sutherland$289,693$750,000159A11
Paul Casey$590,386$1,500,000154A15
Jason Bohn$411,943$1,000,000143A22
Vaughn Taylor$423,907$1,000,000136A27
Jim Furyk$1,529,690$3,500,000129A26
Henrik Stenson$327,799$750,000129A15
Stephen Ames$547,589$1,250,000128A22
Retief Goosen$796,360$1,750,000120A16
Ernie Els$948,872$2,000,000111A21
Rory McIlroy$1,905,609$4,000,000110A10
Anthony Kim$1,085,846$2,250,000107A26
Lee Westwood$970,446$2,000,000106A10
Ian Poulter$739,926$1,500,000103A16
Sergio Garcia$1,524,091$3,000,00097A16
D.J.. Trahan$668,166$1,250,00087A30
Padraig Harrington$802,839$1,500,00087A18
Kevin Kisner$270,170$500,00085A24
Johan Edfors$136,155$250,00084A2
Camilo Villegas$1,231,918$2,250,00083A25
Boo Weekley$279,531$500,00079B23
Trevor Immelman$1,165,604$2,000,00072B25
Geoff Ogilvy$1,916,994$3,250,00070B21
Stewart Cink$909,162$1,500,00065B22
Heath Slocum$767,216$1,250,00063B29
Anders Hansen$617,067$1,000,00062B7
Graeme McDowell$1,088,898$1,750,00061B16
Nathan Green$312,109$500,00060B26
Zach Johnson$1,880,406$3,000,00060B23
Chad Campbell$1,104,024$1,750,00059B29
Jeff Overton$1,290,962$2,000,00055B26
Kevin Streelman$1,300,006$2,000,00054B26
Stuart Appleby$657,150$1,000,00052B24
Steve Marino$1,975,076$3,000,00052B23
Rickie Fowler$2,084,681$3,000,00044C24
J.B. Holmes$1,398,583$2,000,00043C16
Ryan Moore$1,942,906$2,750,00042C22
Brendon de Jonge$1,241,326$1,750,00041C30
Louis Oosthuizen$717,965$1,000,00039C15
Dustin Johnson$4,309,961$6,000,00039C21
Bud Cauley$735,150$1,000,00036C8
Sean O'Hair$1,483,948$2,000,00035C24
Andres Romero$1,313,133$1,750,00033C22
Cameron Tringale$1,327,807$1,750,00032C32
Justin Leonard$952,962$1,250,00031C26
Kevin Chappell$1,339,640$1,750,00031C26
Brian Gay$1,157,525$1,500,00030D26
Bo Van Pelt$2,344,546$3,000,00028D27
Robert Karlsson$1,779,815$2,250,00026D18
Jason Day$3,962,647$5,000,00026D21
Charl Schwartzel$2,604,558$3,250,00025D15
Lucas Glover$1,823,327$2,250,00023D23
Martin Laird$2,676,509$3,250,00021D23
Hunter Mahan$3,503,540$4,250,00021D25
Scott Piercy$1,250,957$1,500,00020D23
Y.E. Yang$2,314,865$2,750,00019D18
Justin Rose$3,401,420$4,000,00018D23
Kyle Stanley$1,523,657$1,750,00015D28
Brian Davis$1,308,009$1,500,00015D30
J.J.. Henry$873,377$1,000,00015D28
Phil Mickelson$3,763,488$4,250,00013D21
Jimmy Walker$1,336,556$1,500,00012D24
Rod Pampling$668,768$750,00012D21
Alexandre Rocha$225,026$250,00011D22
John Rollins$1,370,566$1,500,0009D27
Marc Leishman$916,330$1,000,0009D27
Chris Couch$922,496$1,000,0008D21
Ryan Palmer$1,850,530$2,000,0008D24
Spencer Levin$2,320,038$2,500,0008D31
Bubba Watson$3,477,811$3,750,0008D22
Michael Thompson$935,265$1,000,0007D25
John Merrick$704,789$750,0006D21
Matt Kuchar$4,233,920$4,500,0006D24
Adam Scott$3,764,797$4,000,0006D18
Briny Baird$942,286$1,000,0006D19
Charlie Wi$1,188,494$1,250,0005D25
Ricky Barnes$951,587$1,000,0005D23
Aaron Baddeley$3,094,693$3,250,0005D22
Ben Crane$1,679,595$1,750,0004D23
Nick Watney$5,290,673$5,500,0004D22
Robert Allenby$1,452,567$1,500,0003D25
Rory Sabbatini$2,420,655$2,500,0003D24
Joe Ogilvie$726,866$750,0003D24
George McNeill$1,458,110$1,500,0003D21
Charley Hoffman$1,462,591$1,500,0003D27
James Driscoll$741,010$750,0001D24
Ryuji Imada$990,319$1,000,0001D29
Robert Garrigus$1,503,923$1,500,0000F26
Chris DiMarco$761,932$750,000-2F31
Bill Haas$4,088,637$4,000,000-2F26
Kevin Stadler$768,172$750,000-2F27
Josh Teater$769,324$750,000-3F31
Carl Pettersson$1,540,723$1,500,000-3F27
Pat Perez$1,295,253$1,250,000-4F24
Kevin Na$2,336,965$2,250,000-4F26
Hunter Haas$1,039,987$1,000,000-4F30
Billy Mayfair$780,578$750,000-4F29
Vijay Singh$2,371,050$2,250,000-5F25
Davis Love III$1,056,300$1,000,000-5F22
Jhonattan Vegas$1,854,414$1,750,000-6F25
Gary Woodland$3,448,591$3,250,000-6F25
Steve Stricker$3,992,785$3,750,000-6F19
Tom Gillis$814,147$750,000-8F19
Tommy Gainey$2,174,191$2,000,000-8F34
Chris Stroud$1,096,499$1,000,000-9F28
Peter Hanson$439,030$400,000-9F12
Blake Adams$1,100,558$1,000,000-9F34
Brandt Snedeker$3,587,206$3,250,000-9F26
Paul Goydos$1,385,328$1,250,000-10F25
Greg Chalmers$832,191$750,000-10F28
Charles Howell III$2,509,223$2,250,000-10F30
Chez Reavie$2,285,067$2,000,000-13F27
John Senden$2,294,811$2,000,000-13F26
Mark Wilson$3,158,477$2,750,000-13F26
Keegan Bradley$3,758,600$3,250,000-14F28
David Hearn$869,072$750,000-14F26
Jerry Kelly$1,451,797$1,250,000-14F26
Jonathan Byrd$2,938,920$2,500,000-15F26
K.J. Choi$4,434,691$3,750,000-15F22
Scott Verplank$1,194,178$1,000,000-16F15
Tim Herron$909,135$750,000-18F28
Luke Donald$6,683,214$5,500,000-18F19
Jason Dufner$3,057,860$2,500,000-18F23
Fredrik Jacobson$2,488,325$2,000,000-20F25
Chris Kirk$1,877,627$1,500,000-20F28
Nick O'Hern$940,224$750,000-20F29
Troy Matteson$946,989$750,000-21F28
David Toms$3,858,090$3,000,000-22F23
Bryce Molder$1,957,944$1,500,000-23F27
Brendan Steele$1,976,310$1,500,000-24F27
Harrison Frazar$1,322,267$1,000,000-24F19
Kris Blanks$1,350,010$1,000,000-26F29
D.A. Points$2,034,156$1,500,000-26F26
Arjun Atwal$690,237$500,000-28F29
Matt Bettencourt$692,545$500,000-28F30
Tom Pernice, Jr.$694,981$500,000-28F12
Sunghoon Kang$702,382$500,000-29F21
Webb Simpson$6,347,353$4,500,000-29F26
David Mathis$715,404$500,000-30F25
Darren Clarke$1,452,078$1,000,000-31F3
Scott Stallings$1,957,162$1,250,000-36F28
Brandt Jobe$1,629,764$1,000,000-39F28
Johnson Wagner$1,224,556$750,000-39F25
Michael Bradley$935,934$500,000-47F24
Thomas Bjorn$419,489$200,000-52F5
Adam Hadwin$440,752$200,000-55F5
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