Pacific Palisades, CA- The 2022 Genesis Invitational champion is Joaquin Niemann of Chile. He took the lead on day one and never looked back going wire to wire with a final (-19).
On the 18th green for the trophy presentation tournament host Tiger Woods shared a few moment with Niemann as they laughed in front of the crowd.
Down the final stretch from one group ahead Collin Morikawa was trying to add some pressure on 18th with good look at birdy but his put just broke away to the side. Morikawa eagle on 10th hole was a big help but he still finished (-17) tied for second with Cameron Young.
The clear cut best golfer for the week was Niemann by far, grabbing an eagle Friday on one, Saturday on Ten and Sunday on eleven. A huge 21 birdies over four days at the Riviera.
“I was feeling great, hitting the ball great,” said Niemann, “I proved myself this week that I could win and be here.”
Young playing alongside the leader had a front row seat to know what was needed to overcome the three shot lead. On the back nine Young could only muster up three birdies but also put up two bogies that kept himself at bay.
After the round was over there were four other golfers waiting for Niemann to come off 18th to congratulate him on today victory. It speaks volume about the type player and person he is for his peers who lost to him wait to share in his joy.
“Obviously it’s the toughest tournament I think during the year. It’s got
the best field, the best players are here and that proves myself that I can be competing with the top guys, I can be up there in the world ranking.” said Niemann
Guess who should be back in 2023 to defend his crown…..