20 year old Joaquin Niemann wins The Greenbrier

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16Sep2019

By : BGA Proshop

In what started as a close tournament heading into the final round of The Greenbrier with Joaquin Niemann leading by 2 shots and looking for his first PGA Tour victory turned into a runaway winner for Niemann winning the tournament by 6 shots.

Niemann shot a final round 6 under 64 on Sunday and made some clutch putts on the back nine to seal victory. The Greenbrier is a special tournament for Niemann whereas an amateur he made his PGA Tour debut and was tied for 29th.

 "I just never thought this moment was possible," Niemann said. "I can't wait to go back home and celebrate with all of my friends."

"I was just feeling like I was going to win the tournament from the first day," he said. "I was in that mindset."

"I was just trying not to think of anything else," Niemann said. "My caddie made me laugh to try to forget about it. The last couple of holes I was feeling great."

Niemann, from Chile, is also going to give International Team captain Ernie Els something to think about as he works out his captain’s pick for the Presidents Cup over the coming weeks. Els has till November 4th to make his selection and one of the spots is most likely going to Australian Jason Day which leaves 3 spots left.

"Being on the Presidents Cup is just a dream," Niemann said. "It's a really good team this year. There's a lot of good players fighting for those spots. This win definitely helps."

It was also a special week for Kevin Chappell who shot the magical 59 on Friday. He reeled off 9 straight birdies starting from his 2nd hole and even had a putt on 18 for a 58. Unfortunately, he could not keep the momentum going over the weekend firing a 73 and 72 for a tied 47th finish.



Another PGA Tour rookie to keep an eye out for is Viktor Hovland. His final round 6 under 64 in the final round of The Greenbrier marked his 17th consecutive round in the 60s tying Bob Estes for the longest consecutive rounds in the 60s on the PGA Tour since 1983.

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