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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 2023.  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.


NOTE: This year, we are adding two columns to the draft board: where each player ranks on the ATP/WTA rankings at the end of 2022 and the ranking that they accrued on our system in 2022 by gender.

Top Tier Rk FDH
1 Iga Swiatek 1 1
2 Novak Djokovic 5 4
3 Rafael Nadal 2 1
2nd Tier Rk FDH
4 Ons Jabeur 2 2
5 Jessica Pegula 3 6
6 Casper Ruud 3 3
7 Carlos Alcaraz 1 2
8 Aryna Sabalenka 5 9T
9 Daniil Medvedev 7 5T
10 Coco Gauff 7 5
11 Daria Katsatkina 8 9T
12 Caroline Garcia 4 7
13 Holger Rune
14 Frances Tiafoe
15 Stefanos Tsitsipas 4 7
16 Maria Sakkari 6
17 Felix Auger Aliassime 6
3rd Tier Rk FDH
18 Andrey Rublev 8 9T
19 Nick Kyrgios 5 4
20 Madison Keys
21 Belinda Bencic
22 Alexander Zverev
23 Matteo Berrettini 8
24 Hubert Hurkacz 10
25 Paula Badosa
26 Veronika Kudermetova 9
27 Danielle Collins 8
28 Taylor Fritz 9
29 Emma Raducanu
30 Elena Rybakina 3T
31 Barbora Krejcikova
32 Karolina Pliskova
33 Bianca Andreescu
34 Amanda Anisimova
35 Petra Kvitova
36 Anett Kontaveit
37 Karen Khachanov
38 Denis Shapovalov

The 2023 mock draft was conducted January 11, 2023 with the following contributors: Danny Stancu, Mike Vili, Ilia Stancu, Jon Adams and Rick Morris.

Rick Iga Swiatek
Mike Novak Djokovic
Danny Ons Jabeur
Ilia Rafael Nadal
Jon Jessica Pegula
Jon Carlos Alcaraz
Ilia Aryna Sabalenka
Danny Casper Ruud
Moshy Stefanos Tsitsipas
Rick Daniil Medvedev
Rick Coco Gauff
Mike Alexander Zverev
Danny Nick Kyrgios
Ilia Caroline Garcia
Jon Daria Katsatkina
Jon Holger Rune
Ilia Frances Tiafoe
Danny Madison Keys
Moshy Belinda Bencic
Rick Maria Sakkari
Rick Felix Auger Aliassime
Mike Taylor Fritz
Danny Paula Badosa
Ilia Emma Raducanu
Jon Andrey Rublev
Jon Veronika Kudermetova
Ilia Matteo Berrettini
Danny Danielle Collins
Mike Karolina Pliskova
Rick Hubert Hurkacz
Rick Elena Rybakina
Mike Petra Kvitova
Danny Denis Shapovalov
Ilia Bianca Andreescu
Jon Anett Kontaveit

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 six “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 2-5),  Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill (March 2-5), The Players Championship (March 9-12), 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, the loser of the 3rd place match gets 4th place points, the winner of the 3rd place match gets 3rd 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),  PGA Championship (May 18-21), Memorial Tournament (June 1-4), U.S. Open (June 15-18), The British Open (July 20-23), The Tour Championship (August 24-27).

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 FedEx Cup standings, which essentially makes the Tour Championship a “double points” event, since it has the same final standings as the FedEx Cup.

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.

So, elephant in the room, for the players who left the PGA Tour for the blood money, they should still be eligible in your leagues since some will be able to still play the majors (at least in 2023).  On our board, they comprise the fifth tier, since they won’t play in the majority of events counted in this game.


NOTE: The columns on the draft board refer to their score on the FDH scoring system in 2022, the final World Golf standings of 2022, rankings for Top 10 finishes in 2022, rankings on the 2022 PGA money list and rankings for score on the 2022 tour.

Top Tier FDH World Top 10 $ Score
1 Scottie Scheffler 1 1 2 1 3
2 Justin Thomas 5 7 3T 9 1
3 Rory McIlroy 2 3 3T 5 4
4 Will Zalatoris 3 9 6T 3
5 Matthew Fitzpatrick 6 10 3T 8
6 Patrick Cantlay 8T 4 1 4 6
7 Xander Schauffele 20 5 6 5
8 Jon Rahm 8T
2nd Tier FDH World Top 10 $ Score
9 Collin Morikawa 15T 8 8T
10 Sam Burns 12 8T 7 9
11 Sungjae Im 8T 18 6T 8
12 Tony Finau 14 7
13 Jordan Spieth 18 13
14 Cameron Young 7 17
15 Viktor Hovland 10 11
16 Hideki Matsuyama 25 16
17 Billy Horschel 11 15 10
3rd Tier FDH World Top 10 $ Score
18 Max Homa 15T 20
19 Shane Lowry 23
20 Kim Joo-hyung 21
21 Corey Conners 19 25
22 Tyrrell Hatton 23T
23 Kevin Kisner 14 25
24 Daniel Berger
25 Tommy Fleetwood 12
26 Adam Scott
4th Tier FDH World Top 10 $ Score
27 Mito Pereira
28 Harris English
29 Tom Hoge 13
30 Aaron Wise 23T 10
31 Thomas Pieters
32 Seamus Power
33 Brian Harmon
34 KH Lee
35 Sepp Straka
36 Keegan Bradley 21T
37 Ryan Fox
5th Tier FDH World Top 10 $ Score
38 Bryson DeChambeau
39 Cameron Smith 4 2 2 2
40 Dustin Johnson 17 22
41 Brooks Koepka

The 2023 mock draft took place January 23, 2023 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.

Tom Patrick Cantlay
Bob B Scottie Scheffler
Rick Justin Thomas
Jon Rory McIlroy
Phil Xander Schauffele
Bob G Collin Morikawa
Bob J Will Zalatoris
Jeff Jon Rahm
Jeff Matthew Fitzpatrick
Bob J Viktor Hovland
Bob G Sungjae Im
Phil Jordan Spieth
Jon Tony Finau
Rick Sam Burns
Bob B Cameron Smith
Tom Hideki Matsuyama
Tom Max Homa
Bob B Cameron Young
Rick Billy Horschel
Jon Kim Joo-hyung
Phil Corey Conners
Bob G Tyrrell Hatton
Bob J Keegan Bradley
Jeff Brian Harmon
Jeff Seamus Power
Bob J Dustin Johnson
Bob G Alex Noren
Phil Shane Lowry
Jon Tommy Fleetwood
Rick Kevin Kisner
Bob B Si Woo Kim
Tom Sepp Straka
Tom Mackenzie Hughes
Bob B Brooks Koepka
Rick Daniel Berger
Jon Sahith Theegala
Phil Aaron Wise
Bob G Taylor Montgomery
Bob J Adam Scott
Jeff Tom Hoge
Jeff Bryson DeChambeau
Bob J Maverick McNealy
Bob G Joaquín Niemann
Phil Russell Henley
Jon KH Lee
Rick Mito Pereira
Bob B Rickie Fowler
Tom Christiaan Bezuidenhout

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