Joaquin Niemann sets Tour Championship record for fastest round at East Lake

Joaquin Niemann has set the record for the fastest ever round in the Tour Championship after completing his final 18 holes at this year’s event in one hour 53 minutes at East Lake.

Niemann was the first man out on the final day of play at the FedEx Cup finale, and played alone after Brooks Koepka was forced to withdraw from the event through injury, leaving an odd number of players still competing.

Despite playing by himself the Chilean still looked to have enjoyed his final day in Atlanta, completing his solo round in record time. During his Sunday sprint the 22-year-old posted a two-over par 72 in his final round to leave him four-over for the event.

Niemann’s 18-hole time of one hour 53 minutes sees him take the quickest round record from Kevin Na, after completing his Sunday six minutes quicker than previous record holder, who played day four of the 2016 event in one hour 59.

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At the turn, the Chielan found himself behind the American’s record by three minutes after playing his opening nine holes in one hour six. However, a rapid back nine saw him play his final nine holes of the tournament in an astounding 47 minutes to see him surpass the previous record.

As Na did back in 2016, Niemann was able to clinch an impressive birdie on the par three 16th during his back nine run, after hitting his 208-yard tee shot on the green before rolling in an impressive 28-foot putt for a hard-fought two.

The 22-year-old’s Sunday sprint was not all plain sailing though, as during his mad rush Niemann took a tumble down the banking off the eighth green after reading a chip from the left-hand fringe. 

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The youngster lost his footing, and his shoe as he fell down the green banking, however took it in good spirits by crawling back up towards his ball, and laughing with the galleries surrounding the second to last green on the East Lake front nine.

Niemann has left his fellow Tour professionals to it on the final day of play at the final event of the Tour season, as FedEx Cup leader Patrick Cantlay and world No 1 Jon Rahm chase down their first ever FedEx Cup title.

Cantlay headed into Sunday two clear of playing partner Rahm, as the leading two are currently battling out in Atlanta in the final pairing of the event.

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