Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
27-Year-Old Golfer
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2018–19 Fantasy Outlook
What a strange and ultimately frustrating season for Matsuyama. Matsuyama's year started just fine, with a T4 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and a T12 at the Farmers, but it all started to fall apart with because of a wrist injury at the Waste Management Open. It's an event that he had won the previous two seasons and not only did he not win there, but his wrist would hamper his production for much of the season. He did start to find some momentum near the end of the season, but his game had become wildly erratic by then. Frustrating for owners who had Matsuyama last season for sure, but the upside is, he's available at a discount price this season. As such, Matsuyama is very close to a must-have this season as he's averaged over $6 million per season in the two seasons leading up to last season. Read Past Outlooks
T9 at TOUR Championship
August 25, 2019
Matsuyama shot a one-over 71 on Sunday at the TOUR Championship, leaving himself in a tie for ninth place.
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Matsuyama started the week hot with a four-under 66 in round one, which helped him close the seven shot deficit he started the week at with the new format. Friday is what killed his chances of challenging, as he made just one birdie in a five-over 75. A three-under-par weekend helped him at least finish in a top-10 position. Matsuyama missed only two cuts in 24 starts and added seven top-10's and 15 top-25's. He still has not won on the PGA Tour since 2017, though.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
Matsuyama ranked 173rd in strokes-gained on the greens last season and he still made more than $8 million. Let that sink in, he was one of the worst putters on the PGA Tour and he still managed to earn more than all but three golfers last season. It gives you an idea of how well Matsuyama strikes the ball that he can score without the aid of a putter most weeks. Now, here's the tricky part, it would be easy to assume he's going to improve his putting, but curing putting woes is never a given. If he does fix his putting, he has enough firepower to significantly improve on his enormous number from last season. If he doesn't fix the putter, he simply can't perform any better than he did last season. As such, it's probably wise to pass on Matsuyama in salary cap leagues this season.
Matsuyama made the cut in 13 of 16 starts, recorded seven top-10s, scored one victory and earned over $4 million, all the while ranking 125th in stokes gained from putting. Imagine what he could have accomplished if he'd putted with any kind of competence last season? With that in mind, Matsuyama makes for an interesting salary cap option this year because his ceiling should be in the range of someone like Adam Scott, who happened to make nearly $6.5 million last year. In draft leagues, Matsuyama is a first-round selection.
Matsuyama entered the 2014 season with a lot of expectations, and for the most part, he didn't disappoint. Matsuyama is actually one of only a few players over the past decade that have lived-up to early expectations, which can only mean that great things lie ahead. The only problem with Matsuyama is his high number from last season. He's probably worth the risk in salary cap leagues, but at nearly $3 million he can't be considered a "must-have". In draft leagues he should go late in the 2nd or early in the 3rd round.
Matsuyama shocked the golf world by winning FedEx Cup playoff event a few years back, but it's been all down hill since. Upside appears limited.
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Third place after a pair of 63's
August 18, 2019
Matsuyama dropped a nine-under 63 on Sunday at the BMW Championship to secure a solo third place finish.
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Fourth straight outside top-25
August 13, 2019
Matsuyama posted a one-over 72 in the final round of the Northern Trust to finish in a tie for 30th place.
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Misses second cut of season
August 6, 2019
Matsuyama missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship by a single stroke after shooting rounds of 67-70.
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Closes with three-over par rounds
July 30, 2019
Matsuyama fell into a tie for 43rd place after shooting a two-over 72 in the final round of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.
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Three MC's in last four Open starts
July 23, 2019
Matsuyama missed the cut by two strokes after posting rounds of 71-74.
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