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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Hideki Matsuyama
Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods are both popular picks for the PGA Champsionship, but Jeff Edgerton doesn't expect either golfer to get off to a fast start for Thursday's slate on PrizePicks.
Len Hochberg ranks the field for the season's second major as Brooks Koepka looks to defend his title at Bethpage Black.
Marc Leishman fell just short of victory last year in this event, and that showing helped earn him a spot in this week's recommendations for contests on FanDuel.
Scoring could be sky-high at Trinity Hollow this weekend, with Brooks Koepka a solid pick to get off to a fast start.
Greg Vara previews this week's PGA Tour event in Dallas where the winner could come from outside the favorites. Does Keith Mitchell have what it takes?
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
Matsuyama closed with a four-under 67 on Sunday at the AT&T Byron Nelson to finish 12-under and tied for 23rd.
Uncharacteristic ball striking
Matsuyama closed with a two-under 69 on Sunday to move up into a tie for 31st place at the Wells Fargo Championship.
T32 at Augusta
Matsuyama carded an even-par 72 on Sunday at the Masters to finish three-under and tied for 32nd.
Making eighth Masters start
Makes up ground on weekend
Matsuyama fired a five-under 67 in the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship to move up into a tie for eighth place.