Greenbrier Recap: Niemann Achieves Historic Victory
Greenbrier Recap: Niemann Achieves Historic Victory

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

We should begin by acknowledging that the biggest story in golf this past week was the Solheim Cup, a riveting, down-to-the-wire competition won by the Europeans over the Americans at Gleneagles on Sunday. And that's saying something, because all told it was a pretty impressive week in golf, especially coming at this point on the sports calendar:

• Young Joaquin Niemann turned in a historic win at the Greenbrier as the new PGA Tour season got underway.

• No-longer-young Sergio Garcia finally used a golf club in the proper way and, surprise, it resulted in a victory on the European Tour.

Kevin Chappell, who less than a year ago had trouble walking, shot the 11th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history, an 11-under 59 on Friday.

• The PGA Tour's new cut line of top-65 and ties went into effect and had a huge, immediate impact, costing 16 golfers two rounds of golf and a paycheck.

First, Niemann.

He registered a whopping six-stroke victory at the Greenbrier (official name: A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier) to become the first Chilean to win a PGA Tour event and only the third International player since WWII to win one before turning 21. Perhaps you've heard of the other two: Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.

The victory also extended the recent ascension of youth on the PGA Tour. In the past four months, the Tour has seen the arrival of youngsters Viktor Hovland, Matthew Wolff, Collin Morikawa and

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Len Hochberg
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