2011 Golf Rankings: Season Outlooks & Rankings
2011 Golf Rankings: Season Outlooks & Rankings

This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.

Golfers listed below are ranked by 2011 projected earnings. Projected earnings may differ from those on the 2011 Golf Projections list. This is simply due to the golf writers' opinion.

* = Foreign & Non-Members
# = Rookies

1. Phil Mickelson
2011 Proj. Earnings: $5,500,000
Events: 20
Draft Round: 1
2011 Outlook: It's rare when a $4 million season can be considered a letdown, but that's exactly what it was for Mickelson last year. Sure, he won a major and came close to another, but without Tiger Woods in the picture for most of the season's first four months, many expected Mickelson to take over as the unquestioned No. 1 player in the world. After a rough start to his season, though, it was obvious that Mickelson was not ready to ascend to the throne. Mickelson's issues off and on the course - both his wife and mother battling cancer and his own battle with arthritis for most of the season - undoubtedly impacted his game in 2010. With both of those situations looking better now, however, Mickelson should get back to the top of the PGA TOUR in 2011. Sure, he'll have to deal with Tiger for an entire season, but he's no stranger to that competition, and his best seasons over the years have been with Tiger around. Mickelson's stats left of a lot to be desired last year. He putted well and will always be a leader in birdies and eagles, but his driving was poor, and

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