Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
29-Year-Old Golfer
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
T30 at Valero Texas Open
April 5, 2021
Matsuyama closed with a one-under 71 on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open to finish three-under and tied for 30th.
Matsuyama's roller coaster of a final round at TPC San Antonio included five birdies, four bogeys, one double and an eagle on the par-4 11th hole. His week was highlighted by an opening 67 in Round 1, though he also ranked fourth among the field in SG: Around-the-Green and T17 in SG: Approach. Accuracy off the tee was the primary issue for Matsuyama, hitting only 26 of 56 fairways in regulation. He'll now travel to Augusta for the Masters, where he's placed top-20 in five of his last six appearances.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Struggles with final round 74
February 28, 2021
Matsuyama recorded a two-over 74 in the final round of the WGC-Workday Championship to finish tied for 15th place.
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Struggles on South Course at Torrey
February 2, 2021
Matsuyama closed with a one-over 73 on Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open to finish one-over and tied for 53rd.
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Leads in SG: Tee-to-green in Hawaii
January 17, 2021
Matsuyama carded a two-under 68 on Sunday at the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish tied for 19th place.
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Last in GIR percentage at TOC
January 11, 2021
Matsuyama fired a five-under 68 on Sunday at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to finish four-under and tied for 41st.
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T13 at Augusta National
November 15, 2020
Matsuyama carded an even-par 72 on Sunday at the Masters to finish eight-under and tied for 13th.
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