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Joaquin Niemann enjoying his 'dream come true' playing on PGA Tour

Sporting News — alec.Brzezinski@performgroup.com (Alec Brzezinski)

Joaquin Niemann has quietly taken the PGA Tour by storm this season, earning his PGA Tour card before his 20th birthday.

The 19-year-old phenom secured his card with a t-5 finish last week at the Greenbrier. He has four top-8 finishes in nine starts this year, moving him from 1,475 to 171 in the world ranking.

This week, he is trying to conquer TPC Deere Run to earn his first PGA Tour win at the John Deere Classic.

"Being out here for my first week as a Tour member is really special," Niemann said Tuesday in his press conference. "I feel different. I feel like I'm relieve about making to the PGA Tour. Yeah, I will try to enjoy my first week as a member and try to do my best also."

Niemann still hasn't quite taken in all his success, as he's just focused on racking up more top finishes.

"I think I still haven't figured out what I have done," Niemann said. "But, yeah, I mean, it's like a dream come true being out here playing on the PGA TOUR. It's a dream. I don't take it like it's big deal. I just try to make it look more like I would say like, I don't know, easier are like try to stay in the present. Not thinking about what I'm doing or what I'm going to do in the future. Just be patient and enjoy."

A trip to Augusta delayed Niemann's professional career, but he's made up for any possible lost time with a hot start to his career.

"I was going to turn pro right after like Web finals, but we talk with my coach and we decided to end my career, like if I won the Latin American Amateur I turn pro right after the Masters," he said.

"So we thought that it would be nice to finish my amateur career in the Masters, so I think was a good decision."

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