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Hideki Matsuyama

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/25/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 170

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First-round co-leader and World No. 10 Hideki Matsuyama back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 37-34=71 in the third round of the Memorial Tournament, dropping three spots to T7 on 9-under 271, five back of 54-hole clubhouse leader Bryson DeChambeau.
After opening with 65-71, the 2014 playoff winner began T4 on 8-under, three shy of co-leaders Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann. He conjured eight (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, losing 1.812 strokes off-the-tee and 1.083 tee-to-green. The 26-year-old carded four birdies and an eagle-3 at 15 from 7'1", slightly outpacing five bogeys at holes 1 (tee ball in the water), 3, 6, 8 and 17. He posted 1.600 putts per GIR, currently No. 1 in that stat at 1.541 thru 54 holes, and 1.271 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. Jun 2 - 5:55 PM

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Overnight co-leader Hideki Matsuyama slowed his pace but still managed a 1-under-par 34-37=71 during the second round of the Memorial Tournament, good enough to keep a piece of the early clubhouse lead on 8-under 136. UPDATE: With R2 completed, Matsuyama is T4, three back, and will play out of the third-to-last twosome in R3 with Jason Day.

Matsuyama stormed the back nine on Thursday with four birdies and a hole-out eagle, over a five-hole stretch. Starting on the back nine today, he couldn't keep that momentum rolling. He found water early at the par-5 11th and then missed a 4'1" par-saving attempt. Four holes later, Matsuyama would swallow another par-5 bogey. It wasn't all doom and gloom today, as he actually striped 13 (of 14) fairways and found 14 greens in regulation. The putter just fell flat today. If this co-lead holds then it'll be his third career 36-hole lead/co-lead (WIN at 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions and T5 at the 2017 PGA Championship). Currently ranked 4th in the field in strokes gained approach, that is a very encouraging sign for Matsuyama who arrived in a ball-striking slump.
Jun 1 - 1:04 PM

Hideki Matsuyama caught fire on the back nine en route to a 7-under-par 33-32=65, good for a share of the clubhouse lead alongside Abraham Ancer and Joaquin Niemann.

Matsuyama entered the week with middling form, especially in the approach department which is usually a strong suit of his. Since returning from a wrist injury, he's lost strokes on approach in all four ShotLink events. He flipped that script today as he gave himself nine birdie looks from inside 15 feet. On top of that, he also added a bonus eagle at the par-4 17th, holing out from 137 yards. That capped off a run of five straight birdies or better, tying his career-best streak. All that work was good for +4.009 strokes approaching-the-green. This will be his fifth career first-round lead (all co-leads). The most recent came at the 2016 TOUR Championship while one of them came here at Muirfield Village in 2015 (finished T5). His one conversion came at the 2016 WM Phoenix Open, winning in a playoff. With his iron game back on track, Matsuyama has flown back on the radar for gamers just in time for the final three majors.
May 31 - 6:01 PM

Hideki Matsuyama moves on to the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide this week looking to make noise.

To have success at Muirfield Village, it is good to target those strong in Par 5 Scoring. It also isn't a bad idea to target the defending champs, although he isn't doing terribly well this season. Matsuyama has been terrible in Par 5 Scoring Average, ranking 140th on TOUR (4.70). While he has been a closer, ranking 17th in Final Round Scoring Average (69.57), he is a question mark due to his inaccuracy on the greens this season. Unlike some other big-ticket items in DFS, you don't always get what you paid for with Matsuyama, at least so far this season.
May 30 - 3:35 PM

World No. 8 Hideki Matsuyama stumbled to a 1-over-par 36-36=72 in the third round of the Wells Fargo Championship and at 4-over 217 (77-68-72), will not have a Sunday tee time.

A total of 87 players made the 36-hole cut of 3-over 145 so a second cut of low 70 and ties took place after 54 holes and fell on 3-over 216. Matsuyama, a pre-tourney 20/1 outright, skipped last year's edition at Eagle Point but had recorded progressively better finishes of T38, T20 and T11 at Quail Hollow (2014-16). This was his ninth event of the season, first since a 19th-place finish at the Masters, and is the second time he won't play all 72 holes, WD'ing prior to R2 at the Phoenix Open with a wrist injury. The 25-year-old carded one eagle and nine birdies against seven bogeys and four doubles. Joining him on the bench for R4: 217- Adam Scott; Tom Hoge; Keegan Bradley; C.T. Pan .. 218- Billy Hurley III.. 219- Tyrone Van Aswegen, Andrew Putnam .. 220- Tyler Duncan; J.J. Henry; Ryan Blaum; Fabian Gomez.
May 5 - 6:14 PM

Hideki Matsuyama resumes play at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte after nearly a month away.

Matsuyama hasn't entered an event since the Masters when he placed 19th after a final-round 69. He has stayed fresh by playing just eight PGATour events since October, and the results speak for themselves. No rust. He has recorded three top-10 finishes, five top-20 showings and he has made the cut in seven of his eight tournaments. Matsuyama isn't a masher off the tee, but he doesn't make many mistakes and he is a tremendous scrambler. Perhaps the only area in need of vast improvement is his working on the putting green. Generally, though, you get what you pay for as far as DFS salary is concerned.
May 2 - 9:47 PM

World No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama, a pre-tourney 33/1 outright, makes final preparations for the 2018 Masters and tees it up in Round 1 at 10:09 AM EDT with first-timer Patton Kizzire and Paul Casey. UPDATE: Matsuyama finished 19th on 3-under 285 (73-71-72-69), his sixth straight top-25 finish in majors, which is the longest active top-25 streak.

The 25-year-old is one of just three players in the field to post top-25 finishes in all four majors last year (Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar). He's the only one of those three, however, to record all top 15s, including a back-door T11 here with a day-tying-low 67. He's 5-for-6 at Augusta National with three top 25s and two top 10s, highlighted by a closing 66 for solo 5th in 2015. Matsuyama also posted a T7 in 2016 where he was T3 thru 54 holes (71-72-72-73). Overall, this is his 22nd major with 12 top 25s, five straight top 14s, and seven top 10s with a best of T2 at last year's U.S. Open (Erin Hills). The only question mark is a wrist injury that the Japanese star suffered at the Phoenix Open nine weeks ago, where he was a two-time defending champ. He WD after an opening 69 and then missed five weeks before returning to a T49 at Bay Hill and a T36 (as a 5-seed) at the Match Play (1-2-0 record).
Apr 4 - 6:25 PM

Hideki Matsuyama continues to push back his return to action with the latest timetable showing an expected return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in two weeks.

Matsuyama's wrist saga continues. He originally backed out of the Waste Management Phoenix Open and returned to Japan to get the wrist looked at. Matsuyama hoped to return for the Genesis Open or WGC-Mexico. That proved to be too optimistic but he then committed to the Valspar Championship. However, he returned to the States on Wednesday, as reported by Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel, to have his first (outdoor) practice session since the injury. Matsuyama did not feel his game was up to the task for next week's Valspar so his expected return is now in two weeks time, at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Japanese star sets up his American base in Orlando so this will be an easy event to prepare for, being a local. Gamers shouldn't Sharpie him in for the API just yet, but that is the expected return, for now.
Mar 1 - 12:16 PM

Hideki Matsuyama will not return during his original timeline, skipping this week's WGC-Mexico Championship but he has committed to next week's Valspar Championship, marking his return from a wrist injury.

Matsuyama was a mid-tournament WD at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. He was playing the role of defending champion but could last just one round due to a left wrist injury. Since then, he returned to Japan to get an MRI and have his wrist examined. There was no structural damage but rest was the suggested route. Matsuyama's camp originally announced a likely return at the Genesis Open or WGC-Mexico but he is a no-show for both events. On the bright side, the Valspar Championship shared some news on Twitter saying, "Two big additions to the field on Friday - OWGR #5 @JustinRose99 and OWGR #6 Hideki Matsuyama are coming to the #ValsparChampionship." Next week's event in Tampa is attracting a monster field this year. You could look at Matsuyama's delayed return a few different ways. One, maybe he's playing it cautious and a delay is a good thing. Two, maybe he had a setback and this delay is not so good. Either way, he will be a risky investment for gamers next week.
Feb 26 - 8:22 AM

Two-time defending champ and World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama withdrew prior to the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open citing a left-wrist injury. UPDATE: According to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel, Hideki Matsuyama has returned to Japan to have an MRI on his wrist and was told there is no structural damage. He is hopeful to return next week at Riviera or at the upcoming WGC-Mexico Championship.

The 25-year-old, a pre-tourney 10/1 outright, was scheduled off No. 1 tee at 12:02 PM MST, so Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson will now be a 2-ball. This is his fifth mid-tourney WD in 110 career events (105 pro), first since the 2016 Honda Classic. Matsuyama had opened with a five-birdie three-bogey 69.
Feb 2 - 2:07 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama has survived playoffs in each of the last two Waste Management Phoenix Opens, making his way back this week for another crack at TPC Scottsdale.

Matsuyama rattled off a score of 14-under 270 in each of his first three visits to TPC Scottsdale (T4-T2-WIN). Last year, he went even deeper, climbing to 17-under 267 before handling Webb Simpson in a playoff (beat Rickie Fowler in a playoff the year before). If Matsuyama completed the hat trick this week, he'd be the first to accomplish three straight wins at an event since Steve Stricker at the John Deere Classic (2009 thru 2011). Matsuyama also arrives fresh from a backdoor top 15 at the Farmers. Everything is setting up for another strong showing in the Valley of the Sun.
Jan 30 - 9:17 AM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama, a pre-tourney 14/1 outright, readies for his fifth Farmers Insurance Open and kicks off on the North Course at Torrey Pines grouped with Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson. UPDATE: Matsuyama finished T12 on 5-under 283 (72-69-73-69).

The 25-year-old is 2-for-4 in the 2-course event with a best of T16 on debut in 2014, adding a T33 last year (71-70-71-72). In 12 career laps on the par-72 layouts, he owns a 71.25 scoring average with seven rounds in the red. The Japanese star has posted two top 5s in three no-cut events so far this season, a T5 at the CIMB Classic and a T4 at the Sentry TOC three weeks ago. In between, he also posted a T5 at the unoffical Hero World Challenge as defending champ. Matsuyama's most recent of five TOUR titles (108 career events) was the no-cut WGC-Bridgestone Invitational nine starts ago (early August).
Jan 24 - 4:30 PM

World No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama painted a bogey-free 7-under-par 34-32=66 in the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions to post 14-under 278, up nine places on the live leaderboard to solo 3rd, good for the low round of the day thus far and tying the low round of the week with five others. UPDATE: With play completed, Matsuyama finished T4, 10 back of champion Dustin Johnson, who shot a day- and week-low round of 65.

The 25-year-old is the clubhouse leader but a full eight shots adrift of the leader on the course Dustin Johnson. He was making his third appearance after T3 in 2015 and solo 2nd last year, and his third official start of the season. The Japanese star will record his second top 10, joining T5 at the CIMB Classic in his season debut. After opening in 70-70-72, he began T12 on 7-under, one back of the overnight top 10 and nine back of 54-hole leader Johnson. Matsuyama conjured eight (of 15) fairways and hit 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.497 strokes approaching-the-green, currently No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 6.964. He missed four birdie tries from between seven and eight feet, but did circle five at holes 2, 6, 12, 16 and 17, adding eagle-3 at 15 from 10'6". Matsuyama posted 1.625 putts per GIR and 1.163 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts.
Jan 7 - 8:48 PM

Hideki Matsuyama styled a 3-under-par 33-37=70 during round two of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, keeping his name inside the top 10 with a two-day tally of 6-under 140.

Dealing with blustery conditions, Matsuyama found just six (of 15) fairways today. Still, he recovered to land 14 greens in regulation. Quite a few of those approach shots landed just outside of reasonable birdie range. He missed four chances from the 12-to-18 foot range which is not unreasonable. However, he made up for those misses with a pair of birdie bombs from outside 30 feet. The first came from 32'3" at the par-3 eighth and he'd later add another birdie from 36'7" at the par-4 17th. Matsuyama has grinded his way through the first 36 holes but is still right in the mix heading into the weekend.
Jan 5 - 9:30 PM

Hideki Matsuyama pieced together a 3-under-par 34-36=70 during round one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, placing his name inside the top 10 after day one.

Matsuyama split nine (of 15) fairways but did most of his damage on approach. An early hiccup with the flat stick (missed 3'9" par putt at the 1st) didn't sour his round. He recovered nicely but still lost nearly a stroke to the field in the putting department. That will always be the wildcard for Matsuyama who dominates from tee-to-green, nearly everytime out. A runner-up finisher last year, Matsuyama is right in the thick of things again after day one.
Jan 4 - 10:17 PM