The golfers of the PGA Tour 2022 are filing a new tournament putting behind them the fourth and decisive round of The Genesis Invitational (prize money of 12 million dollars). Born in 1926 under the name of Los Angeles Open, the Californian event is now legendary on the international scene, and every year it gives a show thanks to a field of the highest level.
Show that was not lacking even in this edition just ended, with Joaquin Niemann deserved winner. The twenty-three year old Chilean has been in command of the leaderboard since Thursday, building success thanks to the first two rounds that are nothing short of perfect, then administering the conspicuous margin of advantage up to the final -19 (265 strokes). On the par 71 course of the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades (California, United States) Niemann limited himself to closing the fourth round on a par with the par by reducing the attempts to return by Collin Morikawa and Cameron Young . The two Americans finish in second position two lengths away from the South American. Morikawa postpones the assault on the first position of the Official World Golf Ranking for the moment.
-14 and fourth place for the Australian Adam Scott and for the Norwegian Viktor Hovland. Sixth with the score of -13 the American Justin Thomas, who precedes his compatriots Maverick McNealy and Scottie Scheffler by a blow. Ninth with -11 the Chinese from Taipei CT Pan, while the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy closed the top ten with a score of -10, and the Americans Chez Reavie and Max Homa. The latter takes a good tenth position after the success of last season.
Excellent last round by Jon Rahm . The Spaniard, number one in the Official World Golf Ranking, recovers 39 positions thanks to the -6 of the day. For him I close in 21st place with the overall score of -7 and the top of the OWGR saves. Final in crescendo also for Francesco Molinari . The Turinese partially redeems the bad third round by climbing up to 55th place with the final score of -2 . Five birdies and two bogeys signed by the blue golfer in the final round.
For Niemann, the success captured on Californian soil is the second in the PGA Tour three years after winning the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier 2019. It should be noted that the 23-year-old from Santiago also boasts seven other professional titles in the minor circuit of the Chilean Tour. and that from tomorrow it will become the new number twenty of the world.