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
77 on Sunday to fall outside top-10
May 20, 2019
Matsuyama carded a seven-over 77 in the final round of the PGA Championship to finish in a tie for 16th place.
Matsuyama had quite the scorecard in the final round, posting three birdies to six bogeys and two double-bogeys. Luckily for him, the conditions were brutal and shooting a 77 only dropped him 10 spots on the leaderboard. Matsuyama's ball striking was solid, but it was really his short game that did most of the damage. He ranked 11th in both SG: Around and SG: Putting, while also leading the field in putts per GIR. Matsuyama now has eight top-25's in 13 starts this season. He will not be in the field for the Charles Schwab Challenge next week.
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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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T23 at AT&T Byron Nelson
May 13, 2019
Matsuyama closed with a four-under 67 on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish 12-under and tied for 23rd.
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Uncharacteristic ball striking
May 6, 2019
Matsuyama closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday to move up into a tie for 31st place at the Wells Fargo Championship.
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T32 at Augusta
April 15, 2019
Matsuyama carded an even-par 72 on Sunday at the Masters to finish three-under and tied for 32nd.
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Making eighth Masters start
April 8, 2019
Matsuyama will be teeing it up at the Masters for the eighth time this week.
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Makes up ground on weekend
March 17, 2019
Matsuyama fired a five-under 67 in the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship to move up into a tie for eighth place.
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