This Thursday begins in San Diego the 121st edition of the US Golf Open, the third major of the season, where Joaquín Niemann will participate in seeking to improve what has been done in his participation in large tournaments, where his best performance was a 23rd place, precisely in the American Open last year. Joaco arrives wanting revenge after his performance in the PGA Championship, where he finished T30, after having three very good days in the forefront of the tournament.
On Californian soil, The talagantino will begin his journey, at 04:03, Chilean time, starting from hole 10 of the Torrey Pines Golf Course (par 71), along with South African Garrick Higgo and Briton Matt Wallace. Niemann’s goal is to consolidate himself in these types of tournaments. A few days ago his coach Eduardo Miquel commented on El Deportivo what is the goal: “In the case of Joaco, I think he needs to catch the rhythm of the majors. My goal is to come out top ten in one ”.
The current world number 31 arrives at the event, which distributes US $ 12.5 million in prizes, after a few days without competing after failing to make the cut at the Memorial Tournament, in Ohio, where he was left out after playing 31 holes in one day , what prevented him from continuing his formidable mark of 20 consecutive contests by progressing to the final rounds, which earned him the nickname Mr. Consistency.
On these days of acclimatization, the 22-year-old golfer made an analysis of the course and the conditions that he will face. “The field looks very similar to what we are used to playing, although I know that the greenes and it will be very difficult to attack the flags. It depends on each one, I believe that when one plays well when it is difficult, it is one of the most satisfactory things, “he said in statements collected by the EFE agency.
The tournament, which will feature a record 10 Latino participants, will also see the return of Jon Rahm, who abruptly left in Ohio after testing positive for Covid 19. This forced the organization to quickly isolate him: “Unfortunately, I had a very good performance at The Memorial and they pulled me out of the tournament just before the final round, but I reiterate that the PGA Tour did what it had to do. I’ve heard a lot of different theories, like that I should have played alone. Everything is nonsense and the rules are there and they are clear, ”said the number three on the planet, who only days before had been vaccinated, but had not yet achieved immunization.
In that sense, the Spaniard regretted the family costs he had to face due to the disease. “After the positive, I just remained isolated. I was a little scared because, although I felt fine, I did not want anyone to have caught the virus in my house. I didn’t want to pass it on to Kelly or my young son. I think the hardest part of all this was that for almost ten days I couldn’t even spend time with my little one. “he confessed.