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Joaquin Niemann was one of many now former PGA Tour players to make their LIV Golf debuts this past weekend just outside of Boston. Given his T-2 finish and $1.8 million payout it was undoubtedly a successful weekend for the Chilean, but his post-tournament comments were flat-out ridiculous.
After 54 holes, Niemann was tied with Dustin Johnson and Anirban Lahiri before Johnson shut the door with an eagle on the first playoff hole.
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While it had to be a unique and fun experience to go into a playoff with the winner taking home $4 million, Niemann said it was “the best experience I’ve had on a golf course by far.”
That simply does not add up.
In 2019, Niemann became the first PGA Tour winner from Chile and the youngest international winner on Tour since 1923 with his win at The Greenbrier. That same year he made the International Presidents Cup team and started the event in Australia against none other than Tiger Woods in Thursday’s fourball matches.
Justin Thomas and Woods ultimately beat Niemann and teammate Marc Leishman, but competing against Woods at 21-years-old in the second biggest team event in the sport seems like it would be a pretty memorable experience.
Most recently, Niemann was able to earn his second PGA Tour victory winning the Genesis Invitational, which is undoubtedly a Top 10 event on Tour.
Those three moments alone seem like they would rank well above losing in a playoff in a LIV Golf event.
“Being in contention, with the crowd – just seeing the crowd so young. You can feel the energy. It’s way different,” Niemann went on to say.
I’m not denying there was energy in the air when he was battling Johnson and Lahiri in the LIV playoff, but I’m absolutely certain there was energy in the air during those three other memorable moments as well.
To each his own, but Niemann’s comments sound more like a sales pitch than the truth.
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Winning $1.8 M after getting a $10M+ signing bonus will make you feel pretty damn good.
He said it was the best on course experience. He didn’t say it was his best tournament experience. He gave background for his views about the most recent weekend. I don’t think any sports writer is in a position to question his personal viewpoint.
Next you’re going to be questioning his viewpoint, personal viewpoint, on his favorite on road driving experience.
Joaquin, that was so nice to say about the crowd. since your interviews are required by LIV, did they write that one for you. How much did they pay you to say that? is that a bonus?