Golf Draft Kit: 2016-17 International Newcomers
Golf Draft Kit: 2016-17 International Newcomers

This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.

This article covers international players who did not have a PGA Tour card last season but earned one for 2016-17. International players not covered here include, 1) PGA Tour veterans (e.g., Rory McIlroy) and 2) PGA Tour rookies (Andrew Johnston, et al.).

Rafa Cabrera Bello
2016-17 Projected Earnings:
$3,000,000
2015-16 Earnings: $1,609,350
2015-16 Events: 10

The Spainiar really became known to American golf fans this past year, cracking the top 30 in the OWGR. He'll be in all the majors and WGCs, and his value will be determined by how many other events he enters. He hasn't indicated his plans as yet.

Jon Rahm
2016-17 Projected Earnings:
$3,000,000
2015-16 Earnings: $1,004,035
2015-16 Events: 9

Rahm made quite a splash in his first foray onto the PGA Tour and will now have a full year to perform. We expect some good things, but also some speed bumps for the promising player. Don't get too hyped up; he'll be playing with the big boys on a regular basis now. Let's wait and see before we enshrine him in the golf hall of fame.

Byeong Hun An
2016-17 Projected Earnings:
$2,750,000
2015-16 Earnings: $1,278,797
2015-16 Events: 14

The young Korean is a former U.S. Amateur champ and European Tour Rookie of the Year who is only getting better. He is only 25 and will be in all the majors/WGCs, but we just don't know his plans for regular tour events. Keep a close eye. He could be a steal.

Soren Kjeldsen
2016-17

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