Dominant Niemann wins Genesis Invitational at Riviera

By Sports Desk February 20, 2022

Joaquin Niemann landed the second PGA Tour victory of his career by winning the Genesis Invitational title in California on Sunday.

The Chilean rounded off a dominant week at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, closing with a level-par 71 to finish two shots clear of American duo Collin Morikawa and Cameron Young.

After carding successive rounds of 63, Saturday's 68 gave Niemann a three-stroke lead heading into the final day.

The 23-year-old's total of 194 across the opening 54 holes set a new record, and by closing out the win on 19 under par he became the first wire-to-wire winner of the event since Charlie Sifford in 1969.

Niemann said on CBS: "This weekend, it took me forever. It felt like a month. I'm so happy it's finally done. I'm really proud of the way we battled, with my caddie.

"This is amazing and seeing the Chilean flag there makes me more speechless, it's awesome.

"It was such a nice week off the course, in the course. This has got to be one of the toughest courses we ever play in the year.

"I surprised myself with how good I played, and after the first two days I talked to myself and was like, 'All right, we've got to finish this, stay focused', and we did it pretty good, so I'm pretty happy."

As two-time major winner Morikawa clawed his way into contention with an impressive round of 65 – including a stunning eagle at the 10th – Niemann made a solid start until bogeying the seventh.

However, the world number 32 responded immediately, with a tremendous approach on the following hole paving the way for a birdie that put him back on track.

He then chipped in for eagle on the 11th as he edged closer to a first PGA title since triumphing at the Greenbrier Classic in 2019.

Successive bogies on the 14th and 15th set up a potentially nervy finish, but Niemann maintained his composure to seal victory.

A timely eagle on the final hole saw former Masters champion Adam Scott finish tied for fourth with Norway's Viktor Hovland, who was one under for the day.

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