Golf Draft Kit: 2020-21 Top Rookies

Golf Draft Kit: 2020-21 Top Rookies

This article is part of our Golf Draft Kit series.

All of this year's rookies are joining the PGA Tour from the Korn Ferry Tour, where they finished top 10 in points. Here's a rundown on the first-year tour players, ranked by 2020-21 projected earnings.

Will Zalatoris
2019-20 Projected Earnings: $425,000 

The leader on the Korn Ferry Tour's points list has risen to a career-best 143rd in the Official World Golf Ranking thanks in part to nine top-10s in 15 starts on the KFT during the 2020 season, which included a win at the TPC Colorado Championship in early July. Zalatoris, a 24-year-old Wake Forest product, led the KFT in GIR percentage along the way while also ranking seventh in birdie average, fourth in total driving and first in total eagles. This combination indicates quite a bit of future fantasy upside if he's able to translate such quality ball-striking to the big-league venues.

Davis Riley 
2019-20 Projected Earnings: $400,000 

It didn't take much time for the three-time collegiate All-American from the University of Alabama to outgrow the Korn Ferry Tour as he notched a pair of wins at the Panama Championship and TPC San Antonio Championship in 2020. The 23-year-old tallied five top-10s and nine top-25s in 16 events to finish second on the KFT's points list at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Championship. Riley also made a pair of cuts at the PGA Tour level during the fall series, placing 76th at the RSM Classic and T39 at the Sanderson Farms Championship. On the Korn Ferry

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