March 4, 2024

LIV Golf winner aims cheeky dig at sport’s chiefs moments after latest triumph | Golf | Sport

Joaquin Niemann, fresh from his second victory of the new LIV Golf season, couldn’t resist joking about the current state of the sport. He’s been on a roll in the Saudi Arabia-backed tournament this year, securing two out of three events so far.

In Jeddah, he overtook Louis Oosthuizen by four strokes. In spite of being thrilled about winning the £3.1million prize fund, Niemann had other things on his mind when asked about his odds at the Masters.

LIV Golf stars have voiced concerns over their eligibility at the four majors in the calendar year because of the lack of Official World Golf Ranking points available to them.

And responding to whether he sees himself as a favourite for Augusta, Niemann fired back: “How’s that possible? I’m 100th in the world?” with a cheeky smile, despite actually being ranked 72nd.

He then added: “I mean, I’m more than happy about the way I’m playing, I just want to keep doing the same. I want to keep on the same path, doing the same practice I’ve been doing, and keep hitting it the same way. I’m pretty proud of the way I’ve played all week.”

Niemann has previously spoken out against the OWGR and majors eligibility for LIV players. After triumphing at the first LIV event of the year at Mayakoba, he said” “But I’m not in the majors.”

Just last week, he shared on the matter: “It’s great to earn world ranking points, but it’s a bummer that I’m too far down the list to get into all the majors.

“It’s frustrating. Getting an invite from the Masters was a bit of a treat because one of my goals was to make it into the first major. You can qualify for the US Open, but that’s still not ideal. However, I do have a chance to get in.”


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