2011 Top Rookies: First-Year Golfers to Watch
2011 Top Rookies: First-Year Golfers to Watch

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1. Jamie Lovemark
2011 Proj. Earnings: $1,250,000
2011 Outlook: Lovemark will be a rookie in 2011, but he's already left his mark on the PGA TOUR. In 2009 he earned more than $450K as a non-member, but he missed out on his PGA TOUR card for 2010. Undeterred, he set out for the Nationwide Tour where he went on to win the 2010 money title and earn his pass to the PGA TOUR. Considering the success he had last year on the Nationwide Tour and the number of PGA TOUR events he's already played, Lovemark should hit the ground running in 2011. Lovemark is the odds-on favorite for rookie of the year heading into 2011.

2. Michael Thompson
2011 Proj. Earnings: $800,000
2011 Outlook: Thompson spent his entire 2010 season on the Hooters Tour, which is a notch below the Nationwide Tour. He dominated there, however, and winning has a way of carrying over. Sure, it's a huge step up for Thompson this year, but he's still playing the same game, so expect some success this season.

3. Nate Smith
2011 Proj. Earnings: $750,000
2011 Outlook: Smith struggled to adjust to the Nationwide Tour last season, but after a slow start, he found his game and eventually won in late September. Unfortunately, his slow start resulted in earnings just outside the top 25. Undeterred, Smith headed to Q-School where he earned his card for 2011. Unlike many other Q-School qualifiers from the Nationwide Tour, Smith posted a victory last season,

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