20 Things You Didn't Know About Joaquin Niemann

Get to know Chilean star Joaquin Niemann a little better...

Joaquin Niemann at a press conference
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Full nameJoaquín Niemann
Date of birthNovember 7 1998
BornSantiago, Chile
ResidesJupiter, Florida
Turned pro2018
PGA Tour wins2
Career high world ranking15th
Current tour(s)LIV Golf, Asian Tour
CaddieGary Matthews
SponsorsAdidas, Ping, Avocados from Chile, Scotia Wealth Management

Joaquin Niemann is one of the hottest prospects in golf, with two PGA Tour victories and seven wins on the Chilean Tour - including six while still an amateur.

The Chilean was the world's number one amateur golfer before turning pro in 2018 and he is already building a mighty CV. His biggest win came at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in 2022 but his time on the PGA Tour is over for now after joining LIV Golf. 

Get to know Joaquin Niemann better with these 20 facts...

1. Niemann was born in Santiago, Chile.

2. Like many touring professionals, he now lives in Jupiter, Florida.

3. His home club in Florida is The Dye Preserve, which is also home to a number of other pros including 2022 US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick.

3. His father gave him plastic clubs at the age of 2 and learned the game at Club de Polo y Equitacion San Cristobal.

4. According to PGA Tour.com, Niemann remembers hitting a 40-yard shot with real equipment at the age of four during a family BBQ at home and striking his grandmother in the leg. She wasn't seriously hurt but he said "it was a pretty good shot."

5. In 2020 and 2021, Niemann donated large sums of his winnings on the PGA Tour to help his infant cousin get injections to treat Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a rare neuromuscular disease that leads to muscle wasting and respiratory failure.

“Just looking back on the support that I received from the tour, especially from Mexico—they gave away like $100,000 to Rafita, so it was amazing to watch that,” Niemann said to Golf Digest in January 2021. “We got 95, 97 percent of our goal [of] $2.1 million. So I'm really happy to be helping him out and see how he's getting all the support from all the people here on the PGA Tour.”

6. He won six times on the Chilean Tour as an amateur.

7. He was ranked as the world's top male amateur golfer from May 2017 to April 2018 when he turned professional. By turning pro, he forfeited his exemptions into the US Open and The Open that he earned as an amateur.

8. He qualified for the 2017 US Open and made his Major debut at the age of 18.

9. He won the 2018 Latin America Amateur Championship to qualify for the Masters.

10. Niemann's first PGA Tour victory came in 2019 at A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. During that week he shot 65-62-68-64 to win by six strokes. He won his 2nd PGA Tour title at the 2022 Genesis Invitational at Riviera.

11. Aside from a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball, Niemann uses a full bag of Ping equipment and he wears adidas apparel and shoes.

12. He says one of the best decisions he ever made was hiring an English-speaking caddie so he could learn the language faster and better.

13. Niemann's girlfriend is Christina Hellema Puga, who studied architecture at the Universidad de Desarrollo in Chile.

14. He needed just eight starts on the PGA Tour to secure his card. He achieved this at the age of 19.

15. Niemann made his Presidents Cup debut in 2019 competing for the International Team. Hosted at Royal Melbourne, he played in four matches in which he lost three and halved the other. He was ineligible to play in the 2022 edition after joining LIV Golf and therefore being suspended by the PGA Tour.

16. His mother played field hockey for the Chilean national team and his dad played basketball at college so it is clear sport runs in the family.

17. He was recruited to play at the University of South Florida but never did because he failed an English test. Speaking to Golf Digest he said:

"I knew I was going to be there for only one year. The school asked me to take the English test. I really didn’t study. I did it fast and finished before anyone else. I was playing the US Open when I got the results. I was with Claudio Correa. He’s from Chile, too. We were looking at the scores, and we couldn’t stop laughing. He was like, “How are you so stupid?” My score was low, so I couldn’t go to school. Honestly, I was happy. I just wanted to play golf."

18. He has earned just shy of $15m on the PGA Tour.

19. Niemann's fee for joining LIV Golf was reported to be worth $100m.

20. He represented Chile at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22

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