This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.
A player's grade is based solely on his value for 2017-18. The value compares 2016-17 earnings vs. 2017-18 projected earnings. A player like Jason Dufner 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 2017-18 projected earnings compare to his 2016-17 earnings.
Improvement percentage (2016-17 earnings vs. 2017-18 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 prize money.
Ranking includes only 2017-18 PGA Tour card winners who played at least 10 events on last year's tour:
• Top 125 on FedEx Cup Points List
• Notable Exempt Players not in Top 125 (E)
• Non-Rookies from Web.com Tour Top-25 Money List (W)
• Non-Rookies from Web.com Tour Finals (F)
• International Newcomers (I)
• Conditional Status Players who Finished 126-150 on Points List (C)
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|GOLFER||2016-17 EVENTS||2016-17 EARNINGS||2017-18 PROJ. EARNINGS||IMPROVE%||GRADE|
|1. Danny Willett – E||22||$217,975||$600,000||175.3%||A|
|2. Jimmy Walker||21||$1,101,162||$3,000,000||172.4%||A|
|3. Bubba Watson||22||$1,223,129||$3,000,000||145.3%||A|
|4. Jason Day||20||$2,978,181||$6,000,000||101.5%||A|
|5. Nicholas Lindheim – F||21||$175,107||$350,000||99.9%||A|
|6. Patrick Cantlay||13||$2,049,632||$4,000,000||95.2%||A|
|7. Ryan Palmer – C||20||$772,560||$1,500,000||94.2%||A|