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 recent RotoWire staff golf league. Our rules base winners on total earnings in PGA Tournaments from the Sony Open to the final FedExCup event (we skipped the Hyundai Tournament of Champions due to scheduling conflicts for the draft), excluding those PGA Tour events held the same week as the the World Golf Championship events and the British Open.
Our format also includes bonus points for the four majors. As a result, some European players may have a higher ranking here than your league. If a European golfer plays in just the four majors and world golf tournaments, he'll still have a lot of value in our league. Our league had 15 members, a budget of $100 per team and each team starts five golfers per week with a total roster of 10 golfers.
One note about our rules for Tiger Woods. We changed our rules in 2008 to combat the Tiger Woods factor. Woods was so dominant in fantasy leagues, especially in this format where there are bonuses for majors, that he went for the $91 max bid in previous seasons and it became a competition to see who could get that max bid in first.
The league decided to split Tiger Woods up into parts, with bidding on each month of his play. Each month of Tiger Woods was like any other player on a team's roster, but it only accumulated points in that month.
It's a unique solution to the problem that was featured in a Wall Street Journal article.
However, with Woods' troubles in 2010 both on and off the course, the league decided he wouldn't go for $91 or more and made him a regular golfer again. Last year the combined total of the Tiger Woods' months was $88. In 2009 it was $160.
While these dollar values may not exactly fit your league's rules, this should be a good benchmark for your draft preparation.
Here are the results: