Niemann Makes PGA TOUR History

Niemann makes history at The Greenbrier

Three months ago, Joaquín Niemann was in danger of losing his PGA TOUR card, sitting 141st in the FedEx Cup heading into the Travelers Championship. After a trip to The Greenbrier, his future is decidedly more secure.

Niemann ran away from the field at the West Virginia resort, a birdie—and fist pump—at the 72nd hole closing out a Sunday 64 and capping a six-shot win at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.

“The emotions in that moment on the last couple holes was just crazy,” Niemann said. “I was just thinking on the first win I made when I was a kid and I was dreaming on this moment. So just making those putts on the last three holes was unbelievable. I couldn’t resist it.”

Beginning the day with a two-shot lead, Niemann’s one-under-par front nine promised to keep the afternoon interesting. The result was all but decided, however, when he made three birdies in his first four holes on the back, adding red figures at the final three.

Aside from all the usual goodies, a victory comes with—two-year tour exemption, Masters invite—Niemann is now a viable International candidate for a captain’s pick at the Presidents Cup. His Greenbrier conquest was Niemann’s fourth top-10 finish in his last nine outings, and his dynamic approach game could make him a formidable opponent at Royal Melbourne.

Niemann becomes the first Chilean player to win on the PGA TOUR, and the youngest non-American tour winner in almost a century.

Sergio defeats 18-year-old for Euro win

Sergio Garcia hasn’t been short on headlines this year, albeit for the wrong reasons. On Sunday, the Spaniard made news in more positive fashion.

The 2017 Masters champ bounced back from four bogeys in his final round at the KLM Open to shoot a three-under 69, good enough for a one-shot victory over Denmark’s Nicolai Hojgaard.

Sharing a two-shot lead with Callum Shinkwin after 54 holes, Garcia’s first seven holes were an adventure, carding four birdies against three bogeys at the International course in Amsterdam. But while Shinkwin went south, Garcia answered with a steady back nine. After Hojgaard—at 18 years old, making just his seventh European Tour start—missed an eagle at the 18th, Garcia’s par conversion on the final hole sealed the W.

“I played well all week under pressure. It wasn’t easy,” Garcia said. “There were a couple of tough moments today, but I hung on though, that’s the most important thing.”

The win marks the third straight year Garcia has won an event on the Old World circuit, the first time in his career he’s pulled off this feat.

Story by: Joel Beall

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