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Here is our World Cup  draft board for 2018.  This system works best with five owners drafting five teams in a standard serpentine draft.  There are three points for qualifying for the Round of 16, an additional five points for qualifying for the quarterfinals, an additional six points for qualifying for the semifinals, an additional eight points for qualifying for the final and 10 points for the championship.

1 Germany
2 Brazil
3 France
4 Argentina
5 Spain
6 England
7 Belgium
8 Portugal
9 Colombia
10 Uruguay
11 Russia
12 Poland
13 Denmark
14 Mexico
15 Croatia
16 Serbia
17 Switzerland
18 Sweden
19 Senegal
20 Egypt
21 Peru
22 Iceland
23 Nigeria
24 Costa Rica
25 Japan

Our 2018 FDH World Cup Mock Draft was conducted with two guests, Fletcher Morris and Mike Morris and three FDH Lounge Dignitaries, Rick Morris, Anthony Petrone and Matt Petrone.

Fletcher Anthony Mike Matt Rick
1 Germany Argentina Belgium Spain Brazil
2 Denmark Uruguay England Portugal France
3 Switzerland Mexico Egypt Costa Rica Colombia
4 Croatia Poland Iceland Japan Russia
5 Senegal Panama South Korea Australia Serbia


Here is our Triple Crown draft board for 2018.  This system works well with a few owners, in a standard serpentine draft, with 15 points for win, 10 points for place and 5 points for show.

1 Justify

2 Magnum Moon

3 Audible

4 Mendelssohn

5 Bolt d’Oro

6 Vino Rosso

7 Hofburg

8 Good Magic

9 My Boy Jack

10 Enticed

11 Noble Indy

12 Free Drop Billy

13 Flameaway

And here is our mock draft, with national radio sports talk show host Jody McDonald and FDH Lounge Dignitaries Rick Morris and Steve Kallas.


1 Jody: Audible

2 Rick: Justify

3 Steve: Good Magic


1 Steve: Bolt d’Oro

2 Rick: Magnum Moon

3 Jody: Hofburg


1 Jody: Flameaway

2 Rick: Mendelssohn

3 Steve: My Boy Jack


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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 2018.  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.


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 2018 and the ranking that they accrued on our system in 2017 by gender.

1 Roger Federer 2 2
2 Rafael Nadal 1 1
3 Garbine Muguruza 2 2T
4 Simona Halep 1 7
5 Novak Djokovic 12 NA
6 Venus Williams 5 1
7 Andy Murray 16 6T
8 Stan Wawrinka 7 3
9 Serena Williams NA 4T
11 Alexander Zverev 3 NA
12 Grigor Dimitrov 6 9T
13 Angelique Kerber 19 NA
14 Jelena Ostapenko 7 2T
15 Dominic Thiem 4 9T
16 Johanna Konta 9 10
17 Karolina Pliskova 3 9
18 Juan Martin del Potro 11 NA
19 Caroline Wozniacki 6 NA
20 Marin Cilic 5 4
21 Elina Svitolina 4 NA
23 Sloane Stephens 13 4T
24 Kevin Anderson 14 5
25 Pablo Carreno Busta 10 6T
26 Madison Keys 16 8
27 CoCo Vandeweghe 12 6
28 Sam Querrey 13 6T
29 Victoria Azarenka NA NA
30 Petra Kvitova NA NA
31 Lucas Pouille 18 NA
32 Agnieszka Radwanska NA NA
33 Caroline Garcia 8 NA
34 Jack Sock 9 NA
35 Maria Sharapova NA NA
36 Svetlana Kuznetsova 11 NA
37 Kristina Mladenovic 10 NA
38 Nick Kyrgios NA NA
39 Dominika Cibulkova NA NA

The 2018 mock draft took place on January 7, 2018 with five FDH contributors: Danny Stancu, Mike Vili, Ilia Stancu, Jon Adams and Rick Morris.

Danny Simona Halep
Mike Roger Federer
Ilia Rafael Nadal
Jon Novak Djokovic
Rick Garbine Muguruza
Rick Andy Murray
Jon Angelique Kerber
Ilia Venus Williams
Mike Serena Williams
Danny Stan Wawrinka
Danny Juan Martin del Potro
Mike Alexander Zverev
Ilia Grigor Dimitrov
Jon Jelena Ostapenko
Rick Dominic Thiem
Rick Johanna Konta
Jon Karolina Pliskova
Ilia Maria Sharapova
Mike Caroline Wozniacki
Danny Marin Cilic
Danny Agnieszka Radwanska
Mike Sloane Stephens
Ilia Elina Svitolina
Jon Pablo Carreno Busta
Rick Kevin Anderson

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 9-12), WGC-Mexico (March 2-5), Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill (March 16-19), WGC-Dell Match Play Championship (March 22-26 — 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 6-9), The Players Championship (May 11-14), Memorial Tournament (June 1-4), U.S. Open (June 15-18), The British Open (July 20-23), WGC-Bridgestone Invitational (August 3-6), PGA Championship (August 10-13), The Tour Championship (September 21-24).

Scoring for the 8 “near major” tournaments 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.


1 Jason Day
2 Jordan Spieth
3 Dustin Johnson
4 Rory McIlroy
5 Adam Scott
6 Patrick Reed
7 Henrick Stenson
8 Rickie Fowler
9 Hideki Matsuyama
10 Justin Rose
11 Ryan Moore
12 Kevin Na
13 Paul Casey
14 Brandt Snedeker
15 Matt Kuchar
16 Louis Oosthuizen
17 Kevin Chappell
18 Phil Mickelson
19 Brooks Koepka
20 Bubba Watson
21 Jimmy Walker
22 Tiger Woods
23 William McGirt
24 Danny Willett
25 Branden Grace
26 Martin Kaymer
27 JB Holmes
28 Russell Knox
29 Justin Thomas
30 Sergio Garcia
31 Zach Johnson
32 Charl Schwartzel
33 Danny Lee
34 Shane Lowry
35 Jim Furyk
36 Kevin Kisner



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