This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.
For those of you who have a golf auction and bid a fixed budget on your golfers, the following is meant to be a guide.
These are the actual dollar values from our RotoWire staff golf league, which took place on Jan. 8. Our rules base winners on total earnings in PGA Tournaments from the Sony Open to the final FedExCup event (we skipped the SBS Tournament of Champions due to scheduling conflicts for the draft and also didn't use the fall portion of the 2016-17 wrap-around schedule), excluding those PGA Tour events held the same week as the World Golf Championship tournaments and the British Open.
Our format also includes bonus points for the four majors. As a result, some European players may be ranked higher than your league. If a European golfer plays in just the four majors and WGC tournaments, he'll still have a lot of value in our league. Our league had 14 members, a budget of $100 per team and each team starts five golfers per week with a total roster of nine golfers. The league has been around since 2000.
The 2016 draft had three players go for $70 or more after dominant 2015 seasons from Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day. Spieth was the top golfer at $80.
However, the 2017 auction was a bit more balanced with those three golfers plus Dustin Johnson going for between $61 and $66. Spieth was the top golfer again, but considerably cheaper than last year