Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
27-Year-Old Golfer
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2019–20 Fantasy Outlook
Six years into his PGA Tour career, it's beginning to look like Matsuyama is destined to be a really good golfer instead of an elite golfer. He had an elite season in 2017, when he won three events and topped $8 million in earnings, but prior to that and since then, he's settled-in around $4 million per season. Last season he failed to even get to $4 million, which puts him in-play as salary cap option this season, but don't expect another $8 million season. Read Past Outlooks
Colorful final-round scorecard in La Jolla
January 27, 2020
Matsuyama closed with a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open to finish three-under and tied for 45th.
ANALYSIS
Matsuyama's roller coaster of a final round on the South Course at Torrey Pines included an eagle on the par-5 sixth, four birdies, three bogeys, a double and nine pars as he ultimately posted his second-best score of the tournament. He ranked just 73rd in SG: Off-the-Tee, however, hitting only 29 of 56 fairways in regulation. He'll draw plenty of attention heading into the Waste Management Phoenix Open, given Matsuyama finished T4-T2-Win-Win at TPC Scottsdale from 2014 through 2017.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
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.
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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T12 at Sony Open
January 13, 2020
Matsuyama fired a four-under 66 on Sunday at the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish six-under and tied for 12th.
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Just misses out on top-10 in China
November 3, 2019
Matsuyama ended up in a tie for 11th place at the WGC-HSBC Champions after shooting a five-under 67 in the final round.
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Runner-up on home turf
October 28, 2019
Matsuyama finished in solo second at the Zozo Championship after closing with a round of three-under 67.
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Shoots 65 on Sunday to move to T3
October 20, 2019
Matsuyama fired a seven-under 65 in the final round of the CJ Cup to surge into a tie for third place.
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Moves into T16 on Sunday
October 7, 2019
Matsuyama charged late with a six-under 65 on Sunday to put him in a tie for 16th place at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
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