Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
27-Year-Old Golfer
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
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.
Matsuyama shot 63's in rounds two and four, but was just two-under in the rounds one and three combined. 20-under-par is usually enough to get it done, but Matsuyama ended up five adrift of Justin Thomas when it was all said and done. He ranked top-10 in all five strokes gained categories at Medinah. Matsuyama shook off his struggles the last month just in time to make a run at East Lake. He will start the TOUR Championship at three-under-par, seven back of Justin Thomas.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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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Top-10 finish in Twin Cities
July 7, 2019
Matsuyama finished in a tie for seventh place after shooting a three-under 68 in the final round of the 3M Open.
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