5 things to know about Joaquin Niemann

5 things to know about Joaquin Niemann

DUBLIN, OH - JUNE 01: Joaquin Niemann of Chile plays a shot on the 18th hole during the second round of The Memorial Tournament Presented by Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 1, 2018 in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Who is Joaquin Niemann, the 19-year-old from Chile who is contending at the 2018 Memorial Tournament? Here’s what you need to know.

1. Before he turned professional in April 2018, Niemann was the No. 1 ranked amateur in the world.

2. In his PGA Tour debut at the Valero Texas Open in April, Niemann finished sixth, closing out the tournament with a Sunday 67.

3. He also played in this year’s Masters, though he missed the cut. A victory at the Latin America Amateur Championship won his spot at Augusta.

4. When he turned professional this spring, he forfeited his exemptions into the U.S. Open and the British Open as an amateur.

5. The phenom won 23 events as an amateur.