K.J. Choi (left) earned more money in 2011 than Mark Wilson, who won two of the first five PGA Tour events.
Choi, Fred Vuich/SI; Wilson, Kohjiro Kinno/SI
By David Dusek
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
1. How much significance should we read into a player's performance in early-season events?


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2. The American golf media seems fixated on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, but who is the best player out there that no one pays attention to?








Stat Laird's 2011 PGA Tour
Driving Distance 13th (303)
Driving Accuracy 134th (58.51%)
Greens in Regulation 61st (66.59%)
Scrambling 60th (59.08%)
Total Putting 29th
All-Around 18th
Scoring Average 17th (70.17)





3. Paul Casey dislocated his right shoulder while snowboarding after Christmas. What will this mean for his 2012 season?


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4. Bombers get all the glory on the PGA Tour, but it's the best putters who make all the money. Right?





  Driving Distance Total Putting Money Earned
Luke Donald 284.1 (T147th) 2nd $6,683,214
Webb Simpson 296.2 (T51st) 40th $6,347,353
Nick Watney 301.9 (16th) 7th $5,290,673
K.J. Choi 285.6 (134th) 109th $4,434,691
Dustin Johnson 314.2 (3rd) 172nd $4,309,961
Matt Kuchar 286.2 (128th) 22nd $4,233,920
Bill Haas 296.6 (T48th) 47th $4,088,637
Steve Stricker 288.8 (124th) 3rd $3,992,785
Jason Day 302.6 (14th) 14th $3,962,647
David Toms 279.1 (175th) 21st $4,858,090
Adam Scott 299.7 (24th) 137th $3,764,797
Phil Mickelson 299.8 (T22nd) 108th $3,763,488
Keegan Bradley 300.7 (20th) 110th $3,758,600
Brandt Snedeker 287 (124th) 10th $3,587,206
Hunter Mahan 291.6 (T84th) 42nd $3,503,540

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