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We recommend utilizing a seven-round standard serpentine draft with four owners (or a five-round serpentine draft with five owners or six owners).  For the seven-round format, three men and three women must be selected with one additional “wild card” of either gender at each owner’s discretion; for the five-round format, two men and two women must be selected with one additional “wild card” of either gender at each owner’s discretion.  Tournaments to be utilized will be the Grand Slam  events in 2021.  For each of these five tourneys, point selection is as follows: 3 points for making the quarterfinals, an additional 5 points for making the semifinals, an additional 7 points for making the finals and an additional 10 points for winning the tournament.  Additionally, we are adding the final standings in the ATP and WTA as a “fifth category” — 25 points for finishing 1st in the standings, 15 points for finishing 2nd, 8 points for finishing 3rd, 5 points for finishing 4th and 3 points for finishing 5th.  And the Olympics are counting as a fifth Grand Slam event for our purposes this year as well.


NOTE: This year, we are adding two columns to the draft board: where each player ranks on the ATP/WTA rankings at the start of 2021 and the ranking that they accrued on our system in 2020 by gender.

Top Tier Rk FDH
1 Novak Djokovic 1 1
2 Rafael Nadal 2 3
Second Tier Rk FDH
3 Naomi Osaka 3 2T
4 Dominic Thiem 3 2
5 Ashleigh Barty 1 2T
6 Simona Halep 2 5
7 Sofia Kenin 4 1
8 Iga Swiatek 17 2
9 Bianca Andreescu 7 10T
10 Roger Federer 5 6
11 Serena Williams 11 9
Third Tier Rk FDH
12 Daniil Medvedev 4 5
13 Garbine Muguruza 15 4T
14 Andrey Rublev 8 7
15 Alexander Zverev 7 4
16 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6 9
17 Milos Raonic 14 10T
18 Diego Schwartzman 9 8
19 Stan Wawrinka 18 10T
20 Denis Shapalov 12 10T
Fourth Tier Rk FDH
21 Aryna Sabalenka 10
22 Petra Kvitova 8 8
23 Elena Svitolina 5
24 Karolina Pliskova 6 10T
25 Andy Murray
26 Belinda Bencic 12
27 Kiki Bertens 9
28 Victoria Azarenka 13 4T
29 Johanna Konta 14

The 2021 mock draft was conducted with the following contributors: Danny Stancu, Mike Vili, Ilia Stancu, Jon Adams and Rick Morris.

Danny Novak Djokovic
Ilia Rafael Nadal
Jon Naomi Osaka
Rick Dominic Thiem
Mike Ashleigh Barty
Mike Simona Halep
Rick Sofia Kenin
Jon Roger Federer
Ilia Bianca Andreescu
Danny Serena Williams
Danny Iga Swiatek
Ilia Milos Raonic
Jon Daniil Medvedev
Rick Garbine Muguruza
Mike Andrey Rublev
Mike Alexander Zverev
Rick Stefanos Tsitsipas
Jon Diego Schwartzman
Ilia Victoria Azarenka
Danny Karolina Pliskova
Danny Andy Murray
Ilia Petra Kvitova
Jon Aryna Sabalenka
Rick Stan Wawrinka
Mike Denis Shapalov

We recommend utilizing a seven-round standard serpentine draft with five owners (or a six-round standard serpentine draft with six owner or a five-round standard serpentine draft with seven owners).

Because there are only a handful of tournaments that include a cross-section of the world’s best golfers, we urge you to use only these events for your league’s scoring system.  In so doing, the emphasis is kept on the skill level of the golfers as opposed to rewarding those golfers who thrive in the majority of events with the weaker rosters of competitors.  This method uses the “four major tournaments” and the eight “near major” tournaments.  These are the events utilized, in the order that they appear on the schedule, with the major tournaments in bold: AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (February 11-14), WGC-Mexico (February 25-28), Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill (March 4-7), The Players Championship (March 11-14), WGC-Dell Match Play Championship (March 25-28 — NOTE: award these points as follows — players eliminated in the quarterfinals get 8th place points based on the below scoring system, players eliminated in the semifinals get 4th place points, the player eliminated in the finals gets 2nd place points and the player who wins the championship gets 1st place points), The Masters (April 8-11), PGA Championship (May 20-23), Memorial Tournament (June 3-6), U.S. Open (June 17-20), The British Open (July 15-18), WGC-St. Jude (August 5-8), The Tour Championship (September 2-5).  Also, we award points in the same way for the year-end FedEx Cup standings and, this being 2020, we are including the Olympics (July 26 – August 1) as a fifth major.

Scoring for the 8 “near major” tournaments and final FedEx Cup standings is as follows: 90 points for 1st  place, 76 points for 2nd place, 60 points for 3rd place, 50 points for 4th place, 40 points for 5th place, 30 points for 6th place, 26 points for 7th place, 20 points for 8th place, 16 points for 9th place and 10 points for 10th place.  These points should be awarded also to the Top 10 finishers in the final Fed Ex Cup standings.

Scoring for the 5 major tournaments is as follows: 135 points for 1st place, 114 points for 2nd place, 90 points for 3rd place, 75 points for 4th place, 60 points for 5th place, 45 points for 6th place, 39 points for 7th place, 30 points for 8th place, 24 points for 9th place and 15 points for 10th place.


NOTE: The columns on the draft board refer to their score in the final World Golf standings of 2020, points on the FDH scoring system for each golfer in 2020 and their placement in an “experts draft board” averaging out opinions of our peers in the industry.

Top Tier World FDH Exp
1 Dustin Johnson 1 1 1
2 Bryson DeChambeau 6 3 4T
3 Jon Rahm 2 4 3
4 Justin Thomas 3 2 2
5 Rory McIlroy 4 6 4T
Second Tier World FDH Exp
6 Xander Schauffele 8 5 6
7 Brooks Koepka 12 18 24
8 Collin Morikawa 5 7 13T
9 Patrick Reed 11 12T 10
10 Webb Simpson 7 7T
11 Patrick Cantlay 9 7T
12 Daniel Berger 13 17 9
13 Tony Finau 19 15 13T
14 Viktor Hovland 25 12
15 Matthew Wolff 14 9 18
16 Tiger Woods 36
17 Tyrrell Hatton 10 11 20
18 Harris English 33 22 11
Third Tier World FDH Exp
19 Hideki Matsuyama 17
20 Adam Scott 15 22
21 Justin Spieth
22 Tommy Fleetwood 16 16T
23 Cameron Smith 28 19T 25T
24 Marc Leishman 27 23T
25 Paul Casey 23 19T
26 Louis Oosthuizen 20 16
27 Abraham Ancer 22 15
Fourth Tier World FDH Exp
28 Justin Rose 32
29 Scottie Scheffler 29 12T
30 Jason Day 41
31 Rickie Fowler 48
32 Kevin Streelman 51 23T
33 Ryan Palmer 31 23T
34 Matthew Fitzpatrick 21
35 Kevin Kisner 24
36 Sungjae Im 18
37 Jason Kokrak 26
38 Zach Johnson 21
39 Gary Woodland 35
40 Shane Lowry 30
41 Phil Mickelson 64

The 2021 mock draft took place with these FDH contributors: FDH Managing Partner Rick Morris, FDH Contributor Phil B, FDH Lounge Dignitary Jon Adams, FDH Lounge Dignitary Jeff Maslanich, FDH Golf Editor Tom Denk, FDH Lounge Dignitary Bob Benak, FDH Lounge Dignitary Bob Glassman and FDH Contributor Bob Jesitus.

Bob G Dustin Johnson
Tom Bryson DeChambeau
Jon Jon Rahm
Rick Justin Thomas
Phil Rory McIlroy
Bob B Xander Schauffele
Bob J Collin Morikawa
Jeff Webb Simpson
Jeff Daniel Berger
Bob J Brooks Koepka
Bob B Patrick Reed
Phil Patrick Cantlay
Rick Tony Finau
Jon Tyrrell Hatton
Tom Matthew Wolff
Bob G Harris English
Bob G Hideki Matsuyama
Tom Scottie Scheffler
Jon Sungjae Im
Rick Viktor Hovland
Phil Cameron Smith
Bob B Adam Scott
Bob J Matthew Fitzpatrick
Jeff Tommy Fleetwood
Jeff Marc Leishman
Bob J Abraham Ancer
Bob B Gary Woodland
Phil Joaquin Niemann
Rick Tiger Woods
Jon Kevin Na
Tom Corey Conners
Bob G Louis Oosthuizen
Bob G Kevin Kisner
Tom Justin Rose
Jon Christiaan Bezuidenhout
Rick Justin Spieth
Phil Jason Kokrak
Bob B Rickie Fowler
Bob J Bubba Watson
Jeff Ryan Palmer
Jeff Jason Day
Bob J Matt Kuchar
Bob B Sergio Garcia
Phil Paul Casey
Rick Kevin Streelman
Jon Billy Horschel
Tom Doc Redman
Bob G Si Woo Kim

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