Hideki Matsuyama
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
Maintains positive momentum at East Lake
September 23, 2018
Matsuyama fired a five-under 65 on Sunday at the TOUR Championship to finish six-under and tied for fourth.
Matsuyama used four birdies on the back nine at East Lake during Sunday's final round to jump inside of the top-five, ascending to 13th in the FedExCup standings at season's end. He led the field in SG: Approach and SG: Tee-to-Green, finishing top-three in both driving accuracy and GIR percentage. Matsuyama salvaged an originally disappointing 2017-18 campaign with five consecutive top-15s from the Wyndham through the TOUR Championship.
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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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Secures spot in TOUR Championship
September 10, 2018
Matsuyama finished 15th in the BMW Championship at 14-under-par.
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Dealing with heat exhaustion
September 5, 2018
Matsuyama ended Wednesday's pro-am round after nine holes due to heat exhaustion, Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press reports.
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Stalls out after early final round birdie barrage
September 3, 2018
Matsuyama jumped into a tie for fourth place at the Dell Technologies Championship after a six-under 65 in the final round.
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Second straight top-15 finish
August 27, 2018
Matsuyama closed with a three-under 68 on Sunday at the Northern Trust to finish in a tie for 15th place.
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T11 showing at Wyndham Championship
August 19, 2018
Matsuyama closed with a five-under 65 on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship to come home in a tie for 11th place.
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