Joaquin Niemann
Joaquin Niemann
22-Year-Old Golfer
2021–22 Fantasy Outlook
Niemann has steadily improved since turning pro in the middle of the 2018 season, but last season he really made a nice leap. Niemann's best season on the PGA Tour happened without the benefit of a win, but he did post an impressive three runner-up finishes. Niemann's best golf is still in front of him, but he made a significant jump in earnings in 2020-21, and it will be tough to duplicate that effort this season. As such, NIemann is not a great salary cap option this season. Read Past Outlooks
Sixth in SG: APP at Caves Valley
August 31, 2021
Niemann fired a six-under 66 on Sunday at the BMW Championship to finish 12-under and tied for 29th.
Niemann racked up 15 birdies throughout his final 36 holes at Caves Valley Golf Club, where he ranked sixth among the field in SG: Approach and ninth in SG: Tee-to-Green. The 22-year-old lost north of 3.5 strokes with the flat stick, however. He'll now make his second career TOUR Championship appearance at East Lake this week with a starting position of one-under-par.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Niemann started last season off with his first career win at the Greenbrier. He flashed in a couple other events last season, but left you wanting more. Niemann's iron play is very impressive, ranking inside the top 20 on Tour in SG: Approach and proximity to the hole. If the putting and short game can take a leap in his third season, a breakout campaign is certainly possible.
After earning over $1.2 million in just 12 starts as a non-member in 2018, Niemann had plenty of momentum heading into this past season, but as the new season began, Niemann lost his way. He posted a top-10 in the fall portion of the season, but it wasn't until late-June that he actually rediscovered his form from 2018. During a six-week stretch leading into the FedEx playoffs, Niemann carded three top-10s and an additional pair of top-25s. It was all that was needed to reaffirm that this kid is going to be pretty good. At this price, Niemann has a lot of value in salary cap leagues this season.
Priority Category No. 21 states that if a non-member in a season equals the number of points by the No. 125th-ranked golfer from the previous season, he gets a card for the next season. Niemann did that, so he has a card for 2018-19 and he potentially will have a significant impact. The still-not-20-year-old Chilean sensation played 13 tournaments, 12 as a pro after missing the cut at the Masters, and notched four top-10s and six top-25s. Only 36 guys had more top-10s, and Niemann had the same number as Rickie Fowler, Francesco Molinari, Brandt Snedeker and Ian Poulter, among others. Let's talk stats: Niemann ranked second in greens in regulation, 12th in strokes gained: off the tee, fifth in strokes gained: approach and 15th in both strokes gained: tee-to-green and total. That, gamers, is the real deal. He needs to work on his putting, which was middle of the road, and his scrambling, which was horrible. Niemann earned a little more than $1.2 million, which would've placed him 101st on the money list. But remember, he played only half a season. Double it and he'd have finished about 44th in earnings. And then if you think he can get better in his first full season on Tour, then maybe we're talking about top-30 and the Tour Championship for Niemann.
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Eighth in SG: Putting at TPC Southwind
August 8, 2021
Niemann fired a three-under 67 on Sunday at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational to finish seven-under and tied for 17th.
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Makes bogey on first playoff hole
July 4, 2021
Niemann shot a four-under 68 on Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, losing in a playoff to Cameron Davis and Troy Merritt.
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T36 at TPC River Highlands
June 29, 2021
Niemann fired a two-under 68 on Sunday at the Travelers Championship to finish four-under and tied for 36th.
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T31 at Torrey Pines
June 22, 2021
Niemann closed with a two-over 73 on Sunday at the U.S. Open to finish four-over and tied for 31st.
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T18 at Wells Fargo Championship
May 10, 2021
Niemann carded an even-par 71 on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Championship to finish one-under and tied for 18th.
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