The Greenbrier Classic: Joaquin Niemann joins elite company with victory

Written By Dejan Kalinic
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Joaquin Niemann secured his place in a select club after claiming a six-stroke victory at the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday.

Niemann, 20, fired a round of 6-under 64 on the final day in West Virginia on his way to a resounding win at the opening event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

The Chilean became just the third player born outside the United States to win on the PGA Tour before age 21, joining major champions Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.

Niemann produced a brilliant performance, shooting four rounds in the 60s to finish at 21 under.

He ended up well clear of Tom Hoge, who finished in second place (15 under), while Brian Harman, Harris English, Nate Lashley and Richy Werenski were tied for third at 14 under.

"Amazing. I've been thinking about this my whole life since I started playing golf, so unbelievable," an emotional Niemann told the Golf Channel after his victory. "I think I realize what happened today so I just need to calm down a little bit and just celebrate."

Niemann holed eight birdies and two bogeys during his final round, sealing his victory by picking up shots on his final three holes.

Hoge mixed eight birdies with three bogeys in his fourth-round score of 5-under 65.

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