Hideki Matsuyama

Hideki Matsuyama

30-Year-Old Golfer
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2022–23 Fantasy Outlook
After Matsuyama won the Zozo Championship in his home country of Japan last fall and followed that with another win at the Sony Open in Hawaii a few months later, it appeared the eight-time PGA Tour winner was heading for a mega season. Unfortunately some injuries slowed his progress after that and he had a rather inconsistent summer, but it was highlighted by a solo fourth at the U.S. Open. After much consideration, Matsuyama will not make the jump to LIV and instead stay with the PGA Tour. Putting will always be the key with the 30-year-old Japanese superstar, but his ranking of 75th in SG: Off-the-Tee was his worst in that category of any season in his career. The ceiling is crazy high with Matsuyama, but the injury questions always have to give you pause. Read Past Outlooks
T-9 finish at Farmers Insurance Open
January 28, 2023
Masuyama carded a three under 69 Saturday to finish T9 in Torrey Pines.
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Matsuyama narrowly made the cut after the first two rounds, shooting just one under par cumulatively. He gained 3.74 strokes total over the weekend, which tied for fourth in the field. He was second amongst all golfers in strokes gained tee to green, with 3.26. Saturday marks the first top-ten finish of the season for Matsuyama.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
Matsuyama has spent nearly a decade on the PGA Tour and during that time he's been a highly productive golfer and although he once earned more than $8 million in one season, nothing could compare to winning the Green Jacket, which he did this past April. Heading into that week, Matsuyama was not on anyone's radar as he hadn't played his best golf in a while, but he found the magic for one week and he'll be forever known as a major champion. As for his prospects this season, major champion or not, it doesn't appear like his performance is going to change much overall. He's capable of posting a much bigger earnings number than he did last year, but the bar was set pretty high.
Matsuyama has been the model of consistency in his eight years on the PGA Tour, but surprisingly, he's had just one really impressive year. Surprising because Matsuyama is often thought as one of the best players in the world and yet he has surpassed $5 million in earnings just once. His 2019-20 season was much like most of his seasons on the PGA Tour, very productive, but not elite. Perhaps an elite season is on the horizon, but to expect that this season is just pure speculation.
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.
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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T-48 finish at Sony Open
January 16, 2023
Matsuyama carded a one-over 71 on Sunday at the Sony Open in Hawaii to finish tied for 48th place.
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Loses ground on Sunday
January 8, 2023
Matsuyama fell into a tie for 21st place following a one-under 72 in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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Returning from neck injury
January 2, 2023
Matsuyama (neck) is listed in the field for this week's Sentry Tournament of Champions.
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Not playing in Hero World Challenge
Neck
November 28, 2022
Matsuyama (neck) is not listed in the field for this week's Hero World Challenge.
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Withdraws in third round
Neck
November 12, 2022
Matsuyama withdrew in the middle of the third round of the Houston Open on Saturday due to a neck injury.
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