Young Chilean Niemann takes command in West Virginia

Chile's Niemann takes two-shot lead at The Greenbrier

Joaquin Niemann got stronger as the day progressed to become the first Chilean to win on the PGA Tour, claiming a six-shot victory at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia on Sunday.

- For the third consecutive year, Joaquin Niemann carded a 64 on Sunday at the Old White TPC Course.

Niemann was overcome with emotion while being interviewed by a television reporter as he walked off the green at 18 and realised the magnitude of his victory.

"I think it was a really good round", Niemann said.

"I was just trying to think about anything else", Niemann said.

"It's just insane. I'm really happy for all the support, my family, my coach. It's just insane, sorry", he said through tears of joy before walking off camera.

Americans Richy Werenski (65), Nate Lashley (65) and Robby Shelton (70) were tied for second at 13 under at White Sulphur Springs.

The tournament moved from its traditional spot in July to September to kick off the fall schedule for the 2019-20 PGA season.

Hoge fired up with birdies on five of his first eight holes but three bogeys in his next seven holes ended his threat.


He also posted birdies 16 and 17 before saving his best for last as he made a 25-footer on the final hole to boost his lead to six strokes. The last couple of holes I was feeling great. "I know it's going to be tough, and this win definitely helps to get a little - probably a little help to get in the first spots".

Niemann is the first third-round leader to win at The Greenbrier since its debut in 2010.

It is a remarkable victory for the rising star.

Niemann began the day with a two-shot lead but never looked like relinquishing his advantage as he won at a younger age in America than the late Seve Ballesteros or Rory McIlroy.

"It has been unbelievable for my whole country they were watching me".

"A couple bad shots I would like to have back, but it was a good week and good way to start the year", Hoge said. "It's a really good team this year".

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 improved to a tie for fifth in 2018.

Defending champion Kevin Na of Diamond Bar tied for 14th after a 68.

Niemann produced a brilliant performance, shooting four rounds in the 60s to finish at 21 under. Niemann boarded a charter plane Sunday night to Jackson, Mississippi, where he will play in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

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