The two Chileans are registered in a tournament that distributes eight million dollars in prizes. While Joaquín will be joined by Cameron Smith and Sungjae Im, Paine will be joined by Andrew Putnam and Pat Pérez.
With the end of the Augusta Masters, the revolutions in the world of golf are slowing down, but they don’t stop. Now it’s the turn of the RBC Herigate. a tournament that awards eight million dollars in prizes and which will have the presence of the Chileans who participate in the most important tour in the world: Joaquín Niemann and Mito Pereira.
An event that takes place in the Harbor Town Golf Links from Hilton Head South Carolina and that in this edition it will have great champions within its grid. Among the favorites are Justin Thomas, the protege of Tiger Woods and top ten of the Masters, and Collin Morikawa, winner of two majors and world number two.
But not only will they play the event. Other names that will lead the actions between April 14 and 17 will be Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and Cameron Smith . The latter, after Scottie Scheffler, is the fittest player on the planet. The title holder of the contest, Stewart Cink, will also be present. Last year, the American took a million 278 thousand dollars finish first.
Niemann, for his part, arrives at RBC Heritage with his head held high after an Augusta Masters where ends in position 35 and where he shared two laps with Tiger Woods. Although the major started better than it ended, everything was positive for the Chilean. On golf’s biggest stage, he made it clear he was ready for big things.
The Chilean will play the first two rounds with Cameron Smith, third in Augusta, and Korean Sungjae Im, in what will be one of the main groups of the tournament. It is estimated that they will hit the field at 1:00 p.m. national time.
Mito Pereira, meanwhile, will compete in South Carolina without having played the Masters, but with a fine series of PGA tournaments. His absence from Augusta is understandable, since it’s the only invitation-only tournament. Something that for a newcomer to the PGA is not easy to achieve. In any case, he had a positive year, where he obtained a third place at the Fortinet Championship, a 13th place at the Valero Texas Open and a 15th place at the Genesis Invitational tournament where Niemann emerged champion.
Paine’s, for his part, will play alongside North Americans Andrew Putnam and Pat Pérez, virtually opening the action. The tournament starts this Thursday after seven in the morning in Chile and should see the Chileans fight for the title until the last day. Niemann runs with favoritism, but Mito fends for himself. An excellent test before the Zurich Classic, the championship that will see them play as a couple.
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