Joaquín Niemann, on the eve of his debut at LIV Golf: “I thought about it a lot for several days, I’m really happy with my decision”

The national athlete spoke at a press conference about the motivations that led him to accept the offer made by this emerging circuit, where the economic aspect also influenced.

Joaquín Niemann makes a splash at the LIV Tour by becoming the highest-ranked young player to reach the emerging Saudi-funded super league. In his presentation as captain of the Torque team, he was accompanied by the Zimbabwean Scott Vincent (81st), Spaniard Adrián Otaegui (159th) and Australian Jediah Morgan (296th). He will play with them in Boston, starting this Friday.

“Coming from Chile, where golf is not such a great sport, For me, the most important thing is that children and young people become addicted to golf and have more superstars in Chile. It excites me a lot. In the next few weeks, I’m going to be in my country, doing tournaments for children, it’s something I really like,” he said at the press conference.

He also spoke about his reasons for making the decision to leave the PGA, in exchange for 75 million tax-free US dollars. “Obviously I thought about it a lot over several days. I’m really happy with my decision, excited to be part of this new tour and help grow golf in other communities. , commented. And he underlined: “Playing as a team is what motivated me. Obviously the financial part is good too, but the team format and being captain is a new chapter in my life that I am really passionate about and I will try to do my best. , as I always do on a golf course and also outdoors. I always want to be the best at everything.”

He also talked about his debut in this sport. “I’m really excited to be captain and to be part of a great team. I remember those days in junior golf when many national tournaments were played as a team and those are some of my fondest memories growing up; play with friends. I liked him very much. To be able to do it now in a much more competitive way is going to be awesome. I hope to be close to the other three members and grow together. I will read leadership books to give speeches to you,” he said with a laugh.

On the other hand, he highlighted the camaraderie that occurs with this type of format. “You arrive and you train with your team, you share outside the field, in the locker room, at meals, you have a better time. It helps a lot with your well-being and it allows you to play golf better. , held. Furthermore, he pointed out that the new circuit is a great opportunity for the next generations to feel attracted and thus the sport continues to develop over time. “It’s a perfect idea” he added.

Nor did he avoid the controversial veto faced by players who cross paths that prevents them from playing the PGA Championships and has the possibility of playing the majors. “We have some of the best players on this circuit, we deserve a place in the majors. And if they want to see real competition, the best players have to be there.” completed.

Kickoff in Boston is scheduled for this Friday at 1:15 p.m. Chile time. There, Niemann will go down in history as the first Chilean on this new circuit.

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Source: Latercera

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