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Joaquin Niemann takes out the Genesis Invitational wire to wire.
Niemann who lead the tournament from start to finish had rounds of 63, 63, 68, and 71 to finish at 19 under for the tournament.
His opening round tied the lowest first-round score at the Genesis, he then set the 36-hole and 54-hole scoring record. Finally, for good measure, he’s the first player since Charlie Sifford in 1969 to win wire to wire.
“I felt I had to be really focused during the round. All I wanted to think about was the next shot and trying to feel my body, how I was feeling, trying to feel the shot I was trying to do,” Niemann said. “Yeah, when I finished it was like, Hell, yeah, it took forever, we’re finally done and I can have a smile on my face and just think about it like it was a fun day.”
After a chip-in eagle on 11 gave him a 5 stroke lead with seven holes to play it was only Collin Morikawa who tried to challenge him late.
Morikawa who had a chip-in eagle himself on the difficult 10th hole moved him up the leader board and was 4 behind Niemann. He continued that hot streak by making birdies on the 16th and 17th hole but missed a 10-foot birdie putt to close the gap and claim the world’s number one spot.
Meanwhile, Niemann bogeyed the 14th and 15th hole and the lead was down to 2 with 3 to play. He was solid through the closing holes parring in and claiming his second PGA Tour title.