Joaquín Niemann

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Joaquín Niemann
Niemann 2017 LAAC Final Round.jpg
Niemann at the final round of the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship
Personal information
NicknameJoaco
Born (1998-11-07) 7 November 1998 (age 22)
Santiago, Chile
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Nationality Chile
ResidenceJupiter, Florida, U.S.[1]
Career
Turned professional2018
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
European Tour
Professional wins8
Highest ranking25 (17 January 2021)[2]
(as of 13 June 2021)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Other7
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT40: 2021
PGA ChampionshipT30: 2021
U.S. OpenT23: 2020
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2019
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal2017

Joaquín Niemann (born 7 November 1998)[3] is a Chilean professional golfer.[4] He was the number one ranked amateur golfer from May 2017 to April 2018.

Amateur career[edit]

Niemann was the number one ranked golfer in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 44 weeks, from May 2017 to April 2018, when he turned professional.[5][6] Niemann planned to play at the University of South Florida, but he was unable to gain entry due to his TOEFL scores.

Niemann won the 2017 Mark H. McCormack Medal for being the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at the conclusion of the summer's championship season, thus gaining entry into the 2018 U.S. Open and into the 2018 Open Championship.[7] He won the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship gaining entry also into the 2018 Masters Tournament.[8]

Professional career[edit]

Niemann forfeited those exemptions to the 2018 U.S. Open and Open Championship to turn professional before the 2018 Valero Texas Open, where he finished 6th in his first tournament as a professional golfer. He earned Special Temporary Member Status on the PGA Tour for the rest of 2018 with a T6 finish at the Memorial Tournament, his third top-ten in only five starts on tour. He earned a PGA Tour card for the 2018–19 season, after a fourth top-10 finish (T5 at The Greenbrier) in eight tournaments.[9] Niemann joins Jordan Spieth (2013) and Jon Rahm (2016) as golfers who were able to completely bypass the Web.com Tour Finals and earn PGA Tour cards after starting the season without any status.

In September 2019, Niemann won A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier for his first PGA Tour victory. He became the first PGA Tour winner from Chile, and the youngest international PGA Tour winner since 1923.

In December 2019, Niemann played on the International team at the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The U.S. team won 16–14. Niemann went 0–3–1 and lost his Sunday singles match against Patrick Cantlay.[10]

Niemann started strongly in 2021 by shooting a final round 64 in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. He joined Harris English in a playoff, but was defeated on the first extra hole.[11] A week later, he finished T2 at the Sony Open in Hawaii; one stroke behind Kevin Na.[12]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2013 Campeonato Sudamericano Pre Juvenil, Campeonato Abierto de Golf de Temuco
  • 2014 Abierto Club de Polo San Cristobal
  • 2015 Junior Orange Bowl Championship, Abierto Las Brisas de Santo Domingo, IMG Academy Junior World Championships (Boys 15–17), Campeonato Juvenil de Chile, Canadian International Junior Challenge, Abierto Sport Francés
  • 2016 Campeonato Sudamericano Juvenil, Toyota Junior World Cup, IMG Academy Junior World Championships (Boys 15–17), Campeonato Juvenil de Chile, Abierto Prince of Wales Country Club, Abierto Sport Francés
  • 2017 Abierto Las Araucarias, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook, Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, Campeonato Internacional de Aficionados - Mexico
  • 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship

Source:[13]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 15 Sep 2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier 65-62-68-64=259 −21 6 strokes United States Tom Hoge

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions United States Harris English Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Chilean wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 13 Nov 2016 Abierto Las Brisas de Santo Domingo
(as an amateur)
68-68-73=209 −7 1 stroke Chile Hugo León, Chile Juan Cerda
2 29 Jan 2017 Abierto de Granadilla
(as an amateur)
66-64-70-72=272 −16 5 strokes Chile Antonio Costa
3 26 Mar 2017 Abierto Los Lirios
(as an amateur)
67-67-67-69=270 −18 9 strokes Chile Luis Figueroa
4 10 Sep 2017 Abierto Las Brisas de Chicureo
(as an amateur)
66-69-68=203 −13 1 stroke Chile Juan Cerda
5 16 Dec 2017 Abierto Club de Polo
(as an amateur)
66-65-70=201 −15 Playoff Chile Mito Pereira
6 11 Mar 2018 Abierto La Dehesa
(as an amateur)
64-69-68=201 −15 5 strokes Chile Matías Calderón, Argentina Ignacio Marino
7 2 Dec 2018 Abierto Club de Golf Los Leones 63-68-66-66=263 −25 14 strokes Chile Mito Pereira

Results in major championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order in 2020.

Tournament 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T71
Tournament 2019 2020 2021
Masters Tournament T40
PGA Championship CUT CUT T30
U.S. Open T23
The Open Championship CUT NT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament due to COVID-19 pandemic

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2021
The Players Championship T29

"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2020 2021
Championship T28
Match Play NT1 T18
Invitational T52
Champions NT1

1Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

  Did not play

"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Season Starts Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank[14]
2017 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 T29 n/a[a] n/a
2018 13 9 0 0 0 4 6 T5 n/a[a] n/a
2019 28 21 0 0 0 4 6 T5 1,434,519 79
2020 23 15 1 0 1 4 5 1 2,914,136 19
2021* 18 18 0 2 0 4 10 2 2,925,628 29
Career* 84 64 1 2 1 16 28 1 5,660,410 240[15]

a Niemann was an amateur through the 2018 Masters Tournament.

* As of 1 June 2020

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ Romine, Brentley (May 31, 2018). "Joaquin Niemann, young in age but big in talent, shares Memorial lead". Golfweek.
  2. ^ "Week 3 2021 Ending 17 Jan 2021" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 18 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Joaquín Niemann". EuroSport.
  4. ^ "Chappell set to defend, Garcia to return at Valero". PGA Tour. 22 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Niemann on top of the world". World Amateur Golf Ranking.
  6. ^ "Latest Rankings". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Chile's Joaquin Niemann Wins 2017 McCormack Medal". USGA. 24 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Niemann wins Latin America Amateur with closing 63". USA Today. Associated Press. 23 January 2018.
  9. ^ "'Best day of my life!' 19-year-old Joaquin Niemann earns PGA Tour card in just eighth start". Golf.com. 9 July 2018.
  10. ^ Dusek, David (15 December 2019). "Presidents Cup grades: Captains, Royal Melbourne score high marks". Golfweek.
  11. ^ Jackson, Keith (11 January 2021). "Tournament of Champions: Harris English birdies first playoff hole to hold off Joaquin Niemann". Sky Sports.
  12. ^ Stafford, Ali (18 January 2021). "Kevin Na pips Joaquin Niemann and Chris Kirk to Sony Open victory". Sky Sports.
  13. ^ a b "Joaquin Niemann". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Money". PGA Tour. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved 1 October 2020.

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