Now that the Tour's eight-stop West Coast swing has ended, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has decided to grade the performances of select members of the class of '97.
Top honors go to Mark O'Meara, winner of two titles, $741,785, and enough Ryder Cup points to ensure him a spot on the team.
Steve Jones and Paul Stankowski, surprise winners last year, proved they're for real with a victory each.
Two foreign-exchange players, Jesper Parnevik and Nick Faldo, are among the top 10 on the money list, the latter thanks to Sunday's win in Los Angeles.
Don Pooley, 169th in earnings last season, is currently 16th and in line for the Comeback Player of the Year award.
Steve Stricker, who emerged from the sticks to win twice and earn more than $1 million in '96, is back on the farm with only $30,297 in six starts.
Mark Brooks, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson seemed certain to make the Ryder Cup team based on their play in '96, but collectively they have only two top-10 finishes in '97. And Corey Pavin, 19th on the Cup list when the gun went off, has earned only 20 points and has slipped to 26th.
Ben Crenshaw has played in four tournaments and hasn't won a cent.
EXTRA CREDIT: Tiger Woods had the most electrifying swings of the swing, a six-iron to within six inches at La Costa's par-3 17th to beat Tom Lehman in their playoff at the Mercedes Championships, a 267-yard three-wood second that reached the unreachable 18th green at Pebble Beach, and a nine-iron for the most-watched hole in one in history, at the 162-yard 16th at the TPC at Scottsdale in the Phoenix Open.