English beats Niemann and wins the Tournament of Champions

The American prevailed in the tiebreaker to the Chilean to add his third title on the PGA Tour. Jon Rahm finished seventh and Sergio Garcia was eleventh.


The American golfer Harris English was proclaimed champion of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, of the PGA Tour, this Sunday by beating the young Chilean Joaquín Niemann in the tiebreaker after completing the fourth round and adding both 267 strokes (-25), one advantage over Justin Thomas, who was defending the title (268 -24) .

English, 31, who led the standings throughout the tournament, did not have his best performance in the fourth round but, with the birdie he achieved on the 18th hole, he forced the tiebreaker that he later beat Niemann, who had completed the best round of the day with a signed card of 64 strokes (-9) for 69 (-4) of the champion.

English's triumph allowed him to clinch his third PGA Tour title, his first since 2013, while Niemann was on the verge of claiming his second.

"I was confident until the end of being able to get the birdie that would give me the opportunity to continue in the tournament and that was what happened on the last hole that was going to be my talisman", declared English at the end of the tournament. "I think he did a good job throughout the tournament and even though in the fourth round things didn't go the way I wanted to, in the end I achieved the goal of victory."

English had a putt for an eagle on the 18th hole of the tiebreaker that allowed him to win the tournament after an incredible second shot at par five, which opened the way to victory.Despite the defeat, the 22-year-old Niemann, who climbed five places in the overall standings, completed a perfect round with nine birdies, including six in the first half with three runs of two in a row.

Although in the second he no longer had the same solidity and spectacularity with his shots, he achieved three more birdies that kept him at the top of the classification, until the final inspiration from English arrived that was going to leave him at the gates of his first great triumph at the beginning of the new year.

Niemann was seeking the second PGA title in his short professional career after winning A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, West Virginia, in September 2019, his first PGA Tour victory, making him the first PGA winner Tour de Chile and the youngest international winner on the PGA Tour since 1923.

Niemann also has seven other titles won since he reached professionalism in 2018 when he played the Valero Texas Open tournament, where he finished sixth.

Thomas, delivered a card of 66 strokes (-7), saw how on the 17th hole of par 4 he committed his only bogey of the match that was going to cost him to renew the title, although he then made a birdie in the last one, which left him third in classification.

Fourth place went to veteran Ryan Palmer, 42, who finished the round with a signed card of 71 strokes (-2) to add 269 (-23) .

The Spanish Jon Rahm was also in the fight for the title to finish with a card of 67 strokes (-6) that allowed him to add 272 (-20) and finish in seventh place, shared with two other players, the Americans Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa, having gained three positions in the final round.

Rahm finished the round with seven birdies, including the one he made on the 18th hole, after he made the bogey on the 17th with par 4 that prevented him from having a perfect performance.His compatriot Sergio García also maintained his good game moment and although in the end he could not fight for the title, he did have the honor of being the only one who finished the round and the tournament with an eagle, which he achieved on the 18th hole after having had another three birdies and after starting, one more day, with a bogey, in the second.

García delivered a card with 69 strokes (-4) to add 274 (-18) and finish in eleventh place, tied with the American Dustin Johnson, number one in the world, who this time could not fight for the title of the first tournament of the new year

The Mexican Abraham Ancer recovered his best game and together with the Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, who came from less to more during the tournament, they achieved the sum of 276 strokes (-16) to share the seventeenth place with two other golfers, after having come back 17 and nine places, respectively, in the final round.

Ancer delivered a record of 66 shots (-7) after being perfect with seven birdies, while Muñoz signed a card of 68 (-5) and also finished the round with five birdies without committing any bogey.

The Mexican Carlos Ortiz, who went from more to less, continued without finding his best touch and finished with a signed card of 74 (+1) to add 285 shots (-7) and stay in 37th place, after he made a birdie and double bogey on his final ride.

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