NIEMANN BREAKS INTO WORLD TOP 50
European Tour – KLM Open
Sergio Garcia secured his 16th European Tour title following a hard fought one shot victory on his debut at the KLM Open, earning 24 Ranking points Garcia moves 11 spots to World No.32.
The International was hosting the 100th edition of the tournament, dating back to 1912, which coincided with event sponsor KLM - the Dutch airline - celebrating their centenary year in business during a special week in Amsterdam.
Garcia endured a mixed front nine where he was leading by two at the fifth, only to be trailing playing partner Callum Shinkwin by one shot at the seventh following back to back bogeys.
However, a double bogey at the tenth by the Englishman handed Garcia the initiative and the 39-year-old used his experience to hold off the chasing pack by a single stroke with an 18 under par total.
Danish rising star Nicolai Højgaard, making just his seventh European Tour start, surged into contention and was brief joint leader with four holes remaining, but came up just short in sole second.
Matt Wallace was third at 15 under, while fellow Englishman James Morrison was one shot further back as Garcia became the first Spanish winner of the KLM Open since Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño in 2005.
“It was honestly amazing to have my brother, Angie my wife and little Azalea [Garcia's daughter] here, it's very special,” Garcia said.
“Amazing. We had a great week and great to win again. I played well all week under pressure. It wasn't easy, there were a couple of tough moments today but I hung on tough, that's the most important thing.
PGA TOUR – A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
Joaquin Niemann made history on Sunday becoming the first player from Chile to break into the World’s Top 50 and win on the PGA TOUR, shooting a 6-under 64 for a six-stroke victory in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
The 20-year-old Niemann entered the final round of the season opener with a two-stroke lead and held off challenges from Tom Hoge and Richy Werenski. Niemann birdied the final three holes to finish at 21-under 259 at Old White TPC, which has quickly become one of his favorite venues.
"I just never thought this moment was possible," Niemann said. "I can't wait to go back home and celebrate with all of my friends."
While eight players already qualified for the International Team that will play the U.S. team in December at Royal Melbourne in Australia, Els will choose the four remaining team International members the week of Nov. 4.
"Being on the Presidents Cup is just a dream," Niemann said. "It's a really good team this year. There's a lot of good players fighting for those spots. This win definitely helps."
Niemann grew up in Santiago, Chile, won a pair of junior world titles and was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world before turning pro in 2018. He played his first full season on TOUR in 2019, finishing No. 67 in the FedExCup standings.
In 2017, Niemann finished tied for 29th as an amateur at The Greenbrier after receiving a sponsor's exemption. He improved to a tie for fifth in 2018.
Niemann said the resort's dozens of amenities have steered his mind away from the pressure of golf. Among the activities he participated in before the tournament started was exploring the rugged side of West Virginia with his caddie in an off-road vehicle.
"I was just feeling like I was going to win the tournament from the first day," he said. "I was in that mindset."
Niemann is the first third-round leader to win at The Greenbrier since its debut in 2010. He shot 64 in the final round for the third straight year.