Inspired by the good news you received this week from your cousin Rafita’s improvement, Joaquin Niemann got off to a great start in The Genesis Invitational and after a round of 4-under-par 67 he ranks fourth, three shots behind leader Sam Burns (64).
Another Latino who stood out at Riviera Country Club, outside Los Angeles, California, was Colombian Sebastián Muñoz, who started with a 68 to tie for 12th.
The second place is shared by the Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick and the American Max Homa, with 66.
The Chilean played in the morning and the best of his game was seen in his last nine holes where he found four birdies.
“I hit very well from the tee and that on this field is an advantage. I like the courses that demand you from the tee and that reward those who hit good drives. If I keep hitting like this I’ll have a chances ”, said the 22-year-old enthusiastically who hit 10 of 14 fairways.
Niemann opened with a birdie on hole 1 and his only bogey was scored on hole 3. On the return trip, the Chilean scored birdies at 10, 11, 16 and 17
“I made a bad bogey in 3 after a great start, but luckily in 4 I bagged a good one for par and that helped me gain confidence,” said Joaquín, who this Wednesday announced that his cousin had already left the hospital, after receiving the medicine for which he had worked so hard to raise the 2.1 million dollars it cost to treat his spinal cord atrophy.
For his part, Juan Sebastián Muñoz also showed a very good performance in his return to the activity after failing the cut two weeks ago in Phoenix.
The Colombian opened with birdies in the first two holes, then he added another in the 7 and also in the 11 and 16. Meanwhile, his only errors were in the 9 and 13. Muñoz is four strokes away, just like the world number one, Dustin Johnson, who in the morning signed a score of 68.
Colombian Camilo Villegas and Mexican Abraham Ancer started with 71 (E), while Argentine Emiliano Grillo opened with 72 (+1). A little further behind was the other Mexican, Carlos Ortiz who presented a card of 75 (+4).