GARCIA SECURES 16th EUROPEAN TOUR TITLE
European Tour – KLM Open
Sergio Garcia secured his 16th European Tour title and booked his spot in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, a Rolex Series event, after winning the KLM Open on his debut in the tournament with a hard fought one-stroke victory. Garcia moves from World No.43 to 32.
The Spaniard, who became the Ryder Cup’s all-time highest points scorer in Paris last year, started the final round tied for the lead with Callum Shinkwin but found himself one behind after seven holes following back-to-back bogeys at The International. However, a double bogey at the tenth by the Englishman handed Garcia the initiative and the 39-year-old used his experience to hold off the chasing pack by a single stroke with an 18 under par total.
“It was honestly amazing to have my brother, Angie my wife and little Azalea [Garcia's daughter] here, it's very special,” said Garcia, who jumps from 23rd to 13th in the Race to Dubai Rankings which ensures a ninth appearance at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“It's amazing. We had a great week and it's great to win again. I played well all week under pressure. It wasn't easy, there were a couple of tough moments today but I hung on tough, that's the most important thing."
PGA Tour – A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier
Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA TOUR, shooting a 6-under 64 on Sunday for a six-stroke victory in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier breaking into the World Top 50 for the first time in his career.
The 20-year-old Niemann entered the final round of the season opener with a two-stroke lead and held off challenges from Tom Hoge and Richy Werenski. Niemann birdied the final three holes to finish at 21-under 259 at Old White TPC, which has quickly become one of his favorite venues.
"I just never thought this moment was possible," Niemann said. "I can't wait to go back home and celebrate with all of my friends."
While eight players already qualified for the International Team that will play the U.S. team in December at Royal Melbourne in Australia, Els will choose the four remaining team International members the week of Nov. 4.
"Being on the Presidents Cup is just a dream," Niemann said. "It's a really good team this year. There's a lot of good players fighting for those spots. This win definitely helps."
Niemann grew up in Santiago, Chile, won a pair of junior world titles and was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world before turning pro in 2018. He played his first full season on TOUR in 2019, finishing No. 67 in the FedExCup standings.
In 2017, Niemann finished tied for 29th as an amateur at The Greenbrier after receiving a sponsor's exemption. He improved to a tie for fifth in 2018.