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Golf Draft Kit: 2016-17 Best Values

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.

Below are our best values for the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.

A player's grade is based solely on his value for 2016-17. The value compares 2015-16 earnings vs. 2016-17 projected earnings. A player like Sergio Garcia 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 2016-17 projected earnings compare to his 2015-16 earnings.

Improvement percentage (2015-16 earnings vs. 2016-17 projected 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.

Ranking includes only 2016-17 PGA Tour card winners who played at least 10 events on last year's tour:

Top 125 on PGA Tour Money List (M = made money list only)
Top 125 on FedEx Cup Points List (P = made points list only)
Non-Rookie PGA Tour Card Winners from Web.com Tour (W)
Notable Exempt Players not in Top 125, i.e. Tiger Woods (E)
Conditional Status Players who Finished 126-150 on Points List (C)
Rookies (R)
International Players (I)

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GOLFER2015-16 EVENTS2015-16 EARNINGS2016-17 PROJ. EARNINGSIMPROVE%GRADE
1. Pat Perez - E 11 $47,840 $1,050,000 2,094.8 A
2. Charlie Beljan - E 13 $11,160 $100,000 796.1 A
3. Ian Poulter - E 13 $370,256 $1,600,000 332.1 A
4. Rory Sabbatini - W 20 $150,236 $450,000 199.5 A
5. Rod Pampling - W 18 $142,433 $400,000 180.8 A
6. Soren Kjeldsen - I 12 $921,468 $2,000,000 117.0 A
7. Hunter Mahan - E 22 $230,694 $500,000 116.7 A
8. Byeong Hun An - I 14 $1,278,797 $2,750,000 115.0 A
9. Jim Furyk 14 $1,538,204 $3,250,000 111.3 A
10. Miguel Angel Carballo - W 18 $240,509 $500,000 107.9 A
11. Robert Streb 27 $1,003,363 $2,000,000 99.3 A
12. Justin Rose 18 $2,085,365 $4,000,000 91.8 A
13. Matt Every - E 17 $158,453 $300,000 89.3 A
14. Zach Johnson 24 $1,718,703 $3,250,000 89.1 A
15. Rafa Cabrera Bello - I 10 $1,609,350 $3,000,000 86.4 A
16. Ben Crane - P 27 $607,892 $1,100,000 81.0 A
17. Russell Henley 25 $1,228,347 $2,200,000 79.1 A
18. Graham DeLaet 21 $908,557 $1,600,000 76.1 A
19. Webb Simpson 20 $1,450,355 $2,500,000 72.4 A
20. Billy Horschel 20 $1,744,571 $3,000,000 72.0 A
21. Shawn Stefani - P 29 $698,102 $1,200,000 71.9 A
22. Rickie Fowler 23 $2,713,563 $4,500,000 65.8 B
23. Cameron Smith - W 24 $477,843 $750,000 57.0 B
24. Chris Kirk 28 $1,762,335 $2,750,000 56.0 B
25. Kyle Stanley - P 28 $580,374 $900,000 55.1 B
26. Patrick Rodgers 28 $1,290,336 $2,000,000 55.0 B
27. Luke Donald 23 $1,634,515 $2,500,000 53.0 B
28. Tony Finau 28 $1,814,790 $2,750,000 51.5 B
29. Anirban Lahiri 21 $835,171 $1,250,000 49.7 B
30. Ben Martin 28 $1,205,730 $1,800,000 49.3 B
31. Carl Pettersson - E 22 $66,986 $100,000 49.3 B
32. Harris English 27 $2,014,283 $3,000,000 48.9 B
33. Will Wilcox - E 23 $676,841 $1,000,000 47.7 B
34. Jonas Blixt 26 $1,115,322 $1,600,000 43.5 B
35. Steve Marino - M 24 $768,200 $1,100,000 43.2 B
36. Danny Lee 28 $1,405,722 $2,000,000 42.3 B
37. Jamie Lovemark 27 $1,940,890 $2,750,000 41.7 B
38. Steven Bowditch - E 26 $458,891 $650,000 41.6 B
39. Morgan Hoffmann - M 25 $717,890 $1,000,000 39.3 B
40. Keegan Bradley 26 $899,985 $1,250,000 38.9 B
41. Geoff Ogilvy - E 22 $397,595 $550,000 38.3 B
42. Rory McIlroy 18 $5,790,585 $8,000,000 38.2 B
43. Patton Kizzire 27 $1,468,624 $2,000,000 36.2 B
44. Bill Haas 24 $2,390,199 $3,250,000 36.0 B
45. J.B. Holmes 22 $2,969,608 $4,000,000 34.7 B
46. Brian Harman 31 $1,299,801 $1,750,000 34.6 B
47. Cameron Tringale 25 $1,064,066 $1,400,000 31.6 B
48. Bud Cauley 14 $760,430 $1,000,000 31.5 B
49. Hideki Matsuyama 23 $4,193,954 $5,500,000 31.1 B
50. Brooks Koepka 21 $3,322,393 $4,250,000 27.9 B
51. Jordan Spieth 21 $5,538,470 $7,000,000 26.4 B
52. Will MacKenzie - W 26 $416,033 $525,000 26.2 B
53. Shane Lowry 17 $1,585,436 $2,000,000 26.1 B
54. Gary Woodland 26 $2,392,044 $3,000,000 25.4 B
55. Jeff Overton - E 25 $410,246 $500,000 21.9 C
56. Justin Thomas 28 $4,126,366 $5,000,000 21.2 C
57. Seung-Yul Noh - P 28 $661,711 $800,000 20.9 C
58. Scott Piercy 24 $2,905,349 $3,500,000 20.5 C
59. Michael Kim - P 29 $664,539 $800,000 20.4 C
60. John Huh 28 $1,007,219 $1,200,000 19.1 C
61. Henrik Stenson 14 $3,397,373 $4,000,000 17.7 C
62. Blayne Barber 27 $768,585 $900,000 17.1 C
63. Hudson Swafford 30 $1,027,314 $1,200,000 16.8 C
64. Peter Malnati 32 $1,298,945 $1,500,000 15.5 C
65. Francesco Molinari 18 $1,083,155 $1,250,000 15.4 C
66. D.A. Points - W 18 $305,250 $350,000 14.7 C
67. Daniel Berger 26 $3,290,764 $3,750,000 14.0 C
68. Brandt Snedeker 27 $3,960,142 $4,500,000 13.6 C
69. Louis Oosthuizen 17 $2,422,079 $2,750,000 13.5 C
70. Harold Varner III 28 $1,327,320 $1,500,000 13.0 C
71. Derek Fathauer 30 $898,430 $1,000,000 11.3 C
72. Kevin Chappell 27 $4,501,050 $5,000,000 11.1 C
73. Freddie Jacobson 26 $1,354,196 $1,500,000 10.8 C
74. Zac Blair 31 $903,459 $1,000,000 10.7 C
75. Chez Reavie 27 $1,086,964 $1,200,000 10.4 C
76. Daniel Summerhays 28 $2,045,968 $2,250,000 10.0 C
77. Scott Brown 27 $1,143,452 $1,250,000 9.3 D
78. Kevin Streelman 26 $1,601,177 $1,750,000 9.3 D
79. Roberto Castro 27 $2,520,574 $2,750,000 9.1 D
80. Mark Hubbard - P 30 $642,942 $700,000 8.9 D
81. Marc Leishman 25 $1,566,824 $1,700,000 8.5 D
82. Troy Merritt 26 $922,707 $1,000,000 8.4 D
83. Sergio Garcia 15 $3,242,156 $3,500,000 8.0 D
84. Bubba Watson 19 $3,492,842 $3,750,000 7.4 D
85. Robert Garrigus 21 $1,024,900 $1,100,000 7.3 D
86. Brian Gay - E 13 $280,619 $300,000 6.9 D
87. Luke List 27 $751,001 $800,000 6.5 D
88. Martin Laird 24 $1,224,680 $1,300,000 6.2 D
89. Steve Stricker 15 $1,418,647 $1,500,000 5.7 D
90. James Hahn 26 $2,367,521 $2,500,000 5.6 D
91. Jon Curran 30 $1,902,481 $2,000,000 5.1 D
92. Brian Stuard 20 $1,666,014 $1,750,000 5.0 D
93. Branden Grace 18 $2,878,868 $3,000,000 4.2 D
94. Jason Dufner 28 $2,879,884 $3,000,000 4.2 D
95. Kyle Reifers 34 $1,539,578 $1,600,000 3.9 D
96. Jason Kokrak 28 $1,934,250 $2,000,000 3.4 D
97. Adam Hadwin 27 $1,067,809 $1,100,000 3.0 D
98. Sean O'Hair 26 $1,702,713 $1,750,000 2.8 D
99. Jason Bohn 21 $1,369,705 $1,400,000 2.2 D
100. Kevin Kisner 27 $3,424,354 $3,500,000 2.2 D
101. Charl Schwartzel 19 $2,936,027 $3,000,000 2.2 D
102. Chad Collins - M 26 $734,548 $750,000 2.1 D
103. Sung Kang 29 $979,576 $1,000,000 2.1 D
104. David Lingmerth 24 $1,863,783 $1,900,000 1.9 D
105. Kevin Na 26 $3,441,291 $3,500,000 1.7 D
106. Spencer Levin 32 $1,179,882 $1,200,000 1.7 D
107. Johnson Wagner 26 $1,083,787 $1,100,000 1.5 D
108. Boo Weekley 26 $991,660 $1,000,000 0.8 D
109. Brendan Steele 25 $1,589,266 $1,600,000 0.7 D
110. Scott Stallings - W 27 $697,434 $700,000 0.4 D
111. Colt Knost 26 $1,594,587 $1,600,000 0.3 D
112. Ryan Palmer 23 $1,794,141 $1,800,000 0.3 D
113. Jason Day 20 $8,045,112 $8,000,000 -0.6 F
114. Phil Mickelson 22 $4,022,628 $4,000,000 -0.6 F
115. David Hearn 29 $1,211,514 $1,200,000 -1.0 F
116. Billy Hurley III 20 $1,770,400 $1,750,000 -1.2 F
117. Matt Kuchar 26 $3,819,678 $3,750,000 -1.8 F
118. K.J. Choi 22 $1,328,448 $1,300,000 -2.1 F
119. Ken Duke - M 20 $773,025 $750,000 -3.0 F
120. Patrick Reed 28 $5,679,575 $5,500,000 -3.2 F
121. Jimmy Walker 25 $4,148,546 $4,000,000 -3.6 F
122. Graeme McDowell 21 $2,596,170 $2,500,000 -3.7 F
123. Dustin Johnson 22 $9,365,185 $9,000,000 -3.9 F
124. Bryce Molder 26 $1,353,385 $1,300,000 -3.9 F
125. Michael Thompson - W 23 $521,983 $500,000 -4.2 F
126. Charley Hoffman 26 $2,350,239 $2,250,000 -4.3 F
127. Andres Gonzales - W 28 $579,667 $550,000 -5.1 F
128. Lucas Glover 23 $948,927 $900,000 -5.2 F
129. Ryan Moore 23 $3,701,034 $3,500,000 -5.4 F
130. Jerry Kelly 23 $1,328,657 $1,250,000 -5.9 F
131. Retief Goosen - M 16 $745,735 $700,000 -6.1 F
132. Andrew Loupe 27 $1,075,276 $1,000,000 -7.0 F
133. Adam Scott 20 $6,473,090 $6,000,000 -7.3 F
134. Brett Stegmaier 29 $1,086,714 $1,000,000 -8.0 F
135. Bryson DeChambeau - R 13 $656,621 $600,000 -8.6 F
136. John Senden 28 $989,841 $900,000 -9.1 F
137. David Toms 19 $774,522 $700,000 -9.6 F
138. Paul Casey 22 $3,885,560 $3,500,000 -9.9 F
139. Davis Love III - E 15 $222,422 $200,000 -10.1 F
140. Fabian Gomez 26 $2,227,040 $2,000,000 -10.2 F
141. J.J. Henry - E 24 $280,674 $250,000 -10.9 F
142. Emiliano Grillo 25 $3,371,705 $3,000,000 -11.0 F
143. Charles Howell III 25 $1,974,962 $1,750,000 -11.4 F
144. Tyrone Van Aswegen 31 $1,025,632 $900,000 -12.2 F
145. Ricky Barnes 29 $1,158,800 $1,000,000 -13.7 F
146. Chad Campbell 28 $1,168,073 $1,000,000 -14.4 F
147. Aaron Baddeley 28 $1,644,915 $1,400,000 -14.9 F
148. Vijay Singh 22 $1,210,104 $1,000,000 -17.4 F
149. Si Woo Kim 34 $3,086,369 $2,500,000 -19.0 F
150. Cameron Percy - W 15 $313,456 $250,000 -20.2 F
151. Smylie Kaufman 28 $2,508,174 $2,000,000 -20.3 F
152. Nick Taylor - E 26 $628,756 $500,000 -20.5 F
153. Sam Saunders - C 24 $510,079 $400,000 -21.6 F
154. Alex Cejka 22 $1,566,308 $1,200,000 -23.4 F
155. Padraig Harrington - E 16 $654,929 $500,000 -23.7 F
156. Kelly Kraft - W 20 $403,437 $300,000 -25.6 F
157. Russell Knox 25 $4,885,906 $3,500,000 -28.4 F
158. Ernie Els - E 21 $559,024 $400,000 -28.4 F
159. Jhonattan Vegas 27 $2,478,980 $1,750,000 -29.4 F
160. Stuart Appleby - C 23 $500,214 $350,000 -30.0 F
161. William McGirt 28 $3,614,972 $2,500,000 -30.8 F
162. Greg Chalmers - E 12 $695,188 $450,000 -35.3 F
163. Tim Wilkinson - W 22 $708,623 $450,000 -36.5 F
164. Greg Owen - C 29 $484,955 $300,000 -38.1 F
165. Vaughn Taylor 24 $1,640,750 $1,000,000 -39.1 F
166. Jim Herman 29 $2,091,274 $1,250,000 -40.2 F
167. Tyler Aldridge - C 28 $517,738 $300,000 -42.1 F
168. Bronson Burgoon - C 27 $557,020 $300,000 -46.1 F
169. Tom Hoge - C 26 $561,559 $300,000 -46.6 F
170. Chris Stroud - C 27 $599,176 $300,000 -49.9 F
171. Steve Wheatcroft - C 26 $601,164 $300,000 -50.1 F
172. Whee Kim - W 27 $682,662 $300,000 -56.1 F
173. Matt Jones - C 27 $712,723 $300,000 -57.9 F
174. Hiroshi Iwata - C 29 $634,862 $150,000 -76.4 F

RotoWire golf writers Len Hochberg and Jeremy Schilling contributed to this report.
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