Niemann romps home in PGA's Greenbrier

Joaquin Niemann celebrates his victory on the 18th green

Joaquin Niemann celebrates his victory on the 18th green

Niemann, 20, fired a round of 6-under 64 on the final day in West Virginia on his way to a resounding win at the opening event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour, shooting a six-under 64 on Sunday for a six-stroke victory in The Greenbrier Classic.

"It's just insane. I'm really happy for all the support, my family, my coach". "It's unbelievable. It couldn't get any better".

"Just got to be patient and get a couple more tournaments to have good golf and hopefully get in that team".

"My game was feeling great and mentally it was awesome". Upon returning, Lashley three-putted from 70 feet.

Shelton was tied for the lead with Niemann and Scheffler after the second round.

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

He began his final round with four consecutive pars before making a birdie putt from just inside 8 feet on No. 5.

Niemann carded birdies at the fifth and eight and although he dropped a shot at the ninth, he picked up three in the next four holes to get to 19 under.

Chappell, playing his first tournament since having back surgery last November, had four bogeys and one birdie in a three-over 73 that left him eight off the pace. He birdied the par-5 12th to get to 16-under for the tournament, but bogeys on the 13th and 15th holes allowed Niemann to create more separation.

He was two shots clear of Americans Richy Werenski, Nate Lashley and Robby Shelton.

"I was just trying to think about anything else than holding the trophy". "I just like being out here".

At 14-under par, Brian Harman, Harris English, Nate Lashley and Richy Werenski tied for third.

After rolling in a 26-foot putt for his second birdie of the day at the 10th, he made his lone miscue, finding the rough off the tee at the 11th on the way to a bogey.

Knowing that he was putting well, Werenski said, his plan was to "not fire at anything too insane".

Viktor Hovland, who tied Niemann for Sunday's low round, tied with Matt Jones and Mark Hubbard for 10th place at -12.

Niemann had a stellar amateur career, winning the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championships, and was the top ranked amateur from May 2017 to April 2018. This will be the first tournament using the TOUR's adjusted cut line of top 65 and ties.

The win increases his chances of being one of Ernie Els' four captain's picks for the International Team at this year's Presidents Cup.

"Being on the Presidents Cup team is a dream", Niemann said. Always when you play on a course that you know already it helps a lot. It's going to be tough, but this win helps to get a spot.