After a boring start, the Chilean activated in the final holes and saved the day with two birdies and an eagle in the last three holes, which left him in sixth place.
After his exceptional performance on the opening day of the Tour Championship, during which he signed the best performance of the day, Joaquín Niemann was looking to get closer to leader Scottie Scheffler, who took full advantage of the -10 he started the tournament with whose system occupies a handicap that rewards the best of the FedEx Cup season. And although the day promised to be so beautiful, an eagle on the blessed 18th hole changed the landscape and left him in the fight again, closing in sixth place, at -11.
Far from the explosion of the first day, the talagantino had a fairly even leg. In fact, there was no movement until the ninth hole, where he made a bogey who put his presentation on the rise. At the next flag, he reacts and pockets a beautiful birds on a par four. It looked like take-off was coming. However, things got a bit complicated and the joy had to wait until the end.
At minute 14 Joaco fell short again and doubts arose again, but aided by his notable tee shots, the taste in the mouth was much smoother. Two consecutive returns to the field in the 16th and 17th returned the best sensations to the pupil of Eduardo Miquel, who arrived at the last station with great confidence and with the idea of repeating the eagle of the first day. And it started well, since the initial blow reached 359 meters. His second shot was a bit long, so the option to get the Eagle became complex, but it was not a problem for the national golfer, who with great skill rammed the ball in, sealing the day with 67 hits.
His performance allows him to look with optimism on the weekend, because although the advanced group expected several hits, only Scheffler, with -19, and Xander Schauffele, with -17, are the only escapees so the fight for a podium would be a big prize for the Chilean, who according to his ranking, started in 19th place.
The LI code
Off the course, Joaquín Niemann’s name is increasingly linked to LIV Golf, the Saudi super league that has put the PGA on the warpath against this new “threat” to its Tour. As El Deportivo reported a few days ago, Joaco processes an offer and everything indicates that he is about to accept.
As a further sign of this, ticket sales for the next LIV date in Boston have been published on the emerging circuit’s page, next week, and one of the discount codes was Niemann25 which generated a series of comments on the networks.
With these backgrounds, It looks like the Tour Championship will be the Chilean’s last tournament on the PGA at least until player bans are still in effect.
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