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 21)
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
Professional wins8
Highest ranking50 (15 September 2019)[2]
(as of 15 March 2020)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
Other7
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 2018
PGA ChampionshipT71: 2018
U.S. OpenCUT: 2017
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]

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:[11]

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

Other wins (7)[edit]

  • 2016 Abierto Las Brisas de Santo Domingo (as an amateur)[11]
  • 2017 Abierto de Granadilla, Abierto Los Lirios, Abierto Las Brisas de Chicureo, Abierto Club de Polo (all as an amateur)[11]
  • 2018 Abierto La Dehesa (as an amateur),[11] Abierto Club de Golf Los Leones

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2017 2018
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T71
Tournament 2019
Masters Tournament
PGA Championship CUT
U.S. Open
The Open Championship CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

PGA Tour career summary[edit]

Season Starts Cuts
made
Wins 2nd 3rd Top-10 Top-25 Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
2017 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 T29 n/a[a] n/a
2018 12 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[12]
2020* 7 5 1 0 0 2 3 1 1,898,888 7[13]
Career* 49 36 1 0 0 10 15 1 4,543,365 326[14]

a Niemann was an amateur through the 2018 Masters Tournament.

* As of 6 January 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 37 2019 Ending 15 Sep 2019" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  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. ^ a b c d e "Joaquin Niemann". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  12. ^ "2019 Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  13. ^ "2020 Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Career Money Leaders". PGA Tour. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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