Chile's rising star Niemann wins first PGA Tour event by six shots

Ruben Hill
September 16, 2019

At 21-under par, Niemann became the first Chile native to win on the PGA Tour and now holds the largest margin of victory at six shots in the tournament's nine-year history. Check in for highlights from every tournament plus player interviews, player profiles, tournament previews, swing analysis and all the greatest shots and incredible moments. "I was just feeling like I was going to win this tournament from the first day", he said.

"I love this place and I've played really good golf here", Niemann said.

The victory in the PGA TOUR season-opener did more than put Niemann at the top of the FedExCup points list and double his bank account, too.

Niemann had three birdies and his first bogey of the week to emerge with a 15-under par total of 195 on the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. "I just like being out here". "I'm just playing, just trying to take that as experience, the way I played in Detroit".

"It's just insane. I'm really happy for all the support, my family, my coach. I feel like I've done a good job of that so far".

After rolling in a 26-foot putt for his second birdie of the day at the 10th, he made his lone miscue, finding the rough off the tee at the 11th on the way to a bogey. He chipped in for eagle from 36 feet at No. 17.

Moments later play was halted for 50 minutes because of lighting in the area. Upon returning, Lashley three-putted from 70 feet. He got his PGA Tour card back for this season in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. "I got a couple of texts from them", he said. Heading into the Korn Ferry Finals, "I had like a, I don't want to say an epiphany, but just like, 'Hey, man just chill out. Relax. I know I'm good enough".

Neimann started Sunday's final round in sole possession of the lead and was briefly tied twice. He birdied the par-5 12th to get to 16-under for the tournament, but bogeys on the 13th and 15th holes allowed Niemann to create more separation. "I mean, it's hard to do, but hopefully I can manage my nerves tomorrow".

Kevin Chappell, whose second-round 59 on Friday was just the 11th sub-60 round ever produced on the PGA Tour, struggled in the follow-up.

Niemann's final round included eight birdies and a pair of bogeys, but he didn't pull away until the back nine to claim the $1,350,000 top prize. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

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