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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 2013. The value compares 2012 earnings vs. 2013 projected earnings. A player like Hunter Mahan might earn a "D" grade or lower, but that is no indication of how he will play this year. It is simply a result of how his 2013 projected earnings compare to his 2012 earnings.

Improvement percentage (2012 vs. 2013 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.

Golfers below include the Top 125 moneylist from 2012 and 2013 Sleepers.

GOLFER 2012 EARNINGS 2013 PROJ. EARNINGS IMPROVE. PCT. GRADE EVENTS
Anthony Kim $33,960 $750,000 2108.5 A 10
Lucas Glover $67,112 $1,000,000 1390.0 A 16
Steve Marino $85,040 $1,250,000 1369.9 A 6
Paul Goydos $57,220 $750,000 1210.7 A 6
Scott Verplank $31,168 $400,000 1183.4 A 9
Jason Day $1,143,233 $3,000,000 162.4 A 17
K.J. Choi $969,057 $2,000,000 106.4 A 21
Charl Schwartzel $1,138,844 $2,250,000 97.6 A 16
Tim Clark $1,407,028 $2,750,000 95.4 A 20
J.B. Holmes $1,179,505 $2,250,000 90.8 A 25
Paul Casey $56,755 $500,000 781.0 B 9
Y.E. Yang $454,276 $1,500,000 230.2 B 20
Gary Woodland $592,879 $1,100,000 85.5 B 22
Aaron Baddeley $1,215,753 $2,000,000 64.5 B 22
Geoff Ogilvy $1,255,223 $2,000,000 59.3 B 20
Fredrik Jacobson $953,494 $1,500,000 57.3 B 17
Spencer Levin $1,283,616 $2,000,000 55.8 B 26
Seung-Yul Noh $1,629,751 $2,500,000 53.4 B 28
Sean O'Hair $1,160,981 $1,750,000 50.7 B 24
Bill Haas $2,349,951 $3,500,000 48.9 B 23
Harris English $1,186,003 $1,750,000 47.6 B 27
Graeme McDowell $2,408,279 $3,500,000 45.3 B 16
Bud Cauley $1,774,479 $2,500,000 40.9 B 28
Sergio Garcia $2,510,116 $3,500,000 39.4 B 16
Kevin Chappell $647,510 $900,000 39.0 B 29
Adam Scott $2,899,557 $4,000,000 38.0 B 16
Kevin Na $2,029,943 $2,750,000 35.5 B 25
Luke Donald $3,512,024 $4,750,000 35.2 B 17
Jonas Blixt $2,255,695 $3,000,000 33.0 B 21
Dustin Johnson $3,393,820 $4,500,000 32.6 B 19
Nick Watney $3,044,224 $4,000,000 31.4 B 26
Webb Simpson $3,436,758 $4,500,000 30.9 B 22
Brian Harman $1,146,448 $1,500,000 30.8 B 30
Rickie Fowler $3,066,293 $4,000,000 30.5 B 23
Angel Cabrera $283,385 $500,000 76.4 C 20
Retief Goosen $571,174 $900,000 57.6 C 12
Stewart Cink $477,173 $750,000 57.2 C 22
Camilo Villegas $491,729 $750,000 52.5 C 25
Cameron Tringale $1,225,737 $1,500,000 22.4 C 26
William McGirt $1,228,947 $1,500,000 22.1 C 30
Matt Kuchar $3,903,065 $4,750,000 21.7 C 22
Blake Adams $1,234,345 $1,500,000 21.5 C 32
Brendan Steele $840,965 $1,000,000 18.9 C 24
Graham DeLaet $1,051,951 $1,250,000 18.8 C 23
Charley Hoffman $1,276,663 $1,500,000 17.5 C 27
Charles Howell III $1,284,578 $1,500,000 16.8 C 29
Ian Poulter $1,715,271 $2,000,000 16.6 C 15
Scott Stallings $1,293,739 $1,500,000 15.9 C 27
Henrik Stenson $791,107 $900,000 13.8 C 15
Kevin Stadler $1,546,036 $1,750,000 13.2 C 25
Daniel Summerhays $1,111,522 $1,250,000 12.5 C 26
Jhonattan Vegas $801,803 $900,000 12.2 C 25
Jeff Overton $1,563,670 $1,750,000 11.9 D 29
Kevin Streelman $893,736 $1,000,000 11.9 D 26
Ricky Barnes $805,408 $900,000 11.7 D 28
Robert Allenby $808,927 $900,000 11.3 D 27
Rory Sabbatini $1,128,820 $1,250,000 10.7 D 29
John Mallinger $1,146,852 $1,250,000 9.0 D 25
David Mathis $736,765 $800,000 8.6 D 29
Jonathan Byrd $1,616,789 $1,750,000 8.2 D 21
Bubba Watson $4,644,997 $5,000,000 7.6 D 19
Sang-Moon Bae $1,165,952 $1,250,000 7.2 D 25
Bryce Molder $1,166,115 $1,250,000 7.2 D 25
Greg Chalmers $1,166,627 $1,250,000 7.1 D 25
Jimmy Walker $1,638,419 $1,750,000 6.8 D 28
Bo Van Pelt $3,043,509 $3,250,000 6.8 D 24
Boo Weekley $848,347 $900,000 6.1 D 25
Roberto Castro $755,095 $800,000 5.9 D 27
Hunter Mahan $4,019,193 $4,250,000 5.7 D 23
Ryan Moore $2,858,944 $3,000,000 4.9 D 24
Justin Rose $4,290,930 $4,500,000 4.9 D 19
Chris Kirk $1,197,562 $1,250,000 4.4 D 27
John Senden $1,916,651 $2,000,000 4.3 D 22
Troy Matteson $1,198,953 $1,250,000 4.3 D 32
Brian Gay $960,658 $1,000,000 4.1 D 28
Martin Laird $2,172,883 $2,250,000 3.5 D 22
Marc Leishman $1,933,761 $2,000,000 3.4 D 23
Andres Romero $970,919 $1,000,000 3.0 D 22
Ben Crane $1,701,365 $1,750,000 2.9 D 23
Harrison Frazar $730,203 $750,000 2.7 D 20
Will Claxton $780,969 $800,000 2.4 D 28
Keegan Bradley $3,910,658 $4,000,000 2.3 D 25
John Huh $2,692,113 $2,750,000 2.2 D 28
Scott Piercy $2,699,205 $2,750,000 1.9 D 28
Matt Every $1,972,166 $2,000,000 1.4 D 25
Louis Oosthuizen $3,460,995 $3,500,000 1.1 D 19
Phil Mickelson $4,203,821 $4,250,000 1.1 D 22
John Rollins $1,489,155 $1,500,000 0.7 D 26
Jason Bohn $795,549 $800,000 0.6 D 28
Chad Campbell $895,199 $900,000 0.5 D 27
Ryan Palmer $1,501,215 $1,500,000 -0.1 F 24
Zach Johnson $4,504,244 $4,500,000 -0.1 F 25
Lee Westwood $3,016,569 $3,000,000 -0.5 F 15
Brendon de Jonge $2,015,252 $2,000,000 -0.8 F 31
Tiger Woods $6,133,158 $6,000,000 -2.2 F 19
D.A. Points $1,533,361 $1,500,000 -2.2 F 29
Tommy Gainey $1,540,749 $1,500,000 -2.6 F 32
Padraig Harrington $1,546,272 $1,500,000 -3.0 F 18
Jim Furyk $3,623,805 $3,500,000 -3.4 F 24
Martin Flores $1,035,569 $1,000,000 -3.4 F 30
Kyle Stanley $2,351,857 $2,250,000 -4.3 F 27
Steve Stricker $3,420,021 $3,250,000 -5.0 F 19
Brian Davis $1,318,032 $1,250,000 -5.2 F 29
Charlie Wi $1,845,397 $1,750,000 -5.2 F 25
James Driscoll $687,338 $650,000 -5.4 F 27
Pat Perez $1,064,053 $1,000,000 -6.0 F 23
Rory McIlroy $8,047,952 $7,500,000 -6.8 F 16
Jason Dufner $4,869,304 $4,500,000 -7.6 F 22
John Merrick $1,084,628 $1,000,000 -7.8 F 26
Davis Love III $989,753 $900,000 -9.1 F 20
Tim Herron $660,279 $600,000 -9.1 F 27
David Toms $1,658,428 $1,500,000 -9.6 F 19
George McNeill $1,119,535 $1,000,000 -10.7 F 25
Bob Estes $1,009,769 $900,000 -10.9 F 23
Josh Teater $1,011,430 $900,000 -11.0 F 30
David Hearn $1,012,575 $900,000 -11.1 F 28
Chris Stroud $903,570 $800,000 -11.5 F 28
Colt Knost $848,197 $750,000 -11.6 F 29
Jeff Maggert $682,742 $600,000 -12.1 F 27
Ernie Els $3,453,118 $3,000,000 -13.1 F 22
Greg Owen $1,151,622 $1,000,000 -13.2 F 27
Robert Garrigus $3,206,530 $2,750,000 -14.2 F 26
Carl Pettersson $3,538,656 $3,000,000 -15.2 F 26
Ken Duke $1,511,628 $1,250,000 -17.3 F 30
Mark Wilson $2,144,780 $1,750,000 -18.4 F 25
Tom Gillis $1,238,058 $1,000,000 -19.2 F 23
Ben Curtis $2,494,153 $2,000,000 -19.8 F 19
Brandt Snedeker $4,989,739 $4,000,000 -19.8 F 22
Vijay Singh $1,586,305 $1,250,000 -21.2 F 27
Johnson Wagner $2,225,007 $1,750,000 -21.3 F 27
J.J. Henry $1,297,802 $1,000,000 -22.9 F 28
Troy Kelly $786,832 $600,000 -23.7 F 23
Michael Thompson $1,408,374 $1,000,000 -29.0 F 25
Jason Kokrak $750,221 $500,000 -33.4 F 27
Dicky Pride $1,259,712 $750,000 -40.5 F 19
Charlie Beljan $1,373,528 $750,000 -45.4 F 22
Ted Potter Jr. $1,383,170 $750,000 -45.8 F 25
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