What was Joaquin Niemann's first thought after defeating Sergio Garcia in a four-hole playoff at LIV Mayakoba on Sunday?
“But I'm not in the majors,” Niemann was heard saying at the beginning of the post-round interview.
Neiman was then asked if his first win on the Saudi-backed circuit since joining in 2022 “gave the attention of the officials.” [major] Corpse. ” To which Neiman responded: So you're ready. '' Niemann said of his goals for this year, “I want to win a major, but I have to win first.''
However, Neiman teeth In Major. He's just not included in all of it. His win at the Australian Open two months ago has qualified him for the 2024 British Open Championship at Royal Troon, and he is 66th in the Official World Golf Rankings, making him the PGA Champion. He should still be in the top 100 when Shipp fills the slot.
He is currently not playing in the Masters or the US Open.
LIV has been denied world ranking points, and Niemann's hopes at the Masters are slim under the current circumstances.he tied for 16th placeth Last year, he missed a round-trip ticket to Augusta National by two strokes. He still has a chance to qualify for the final round of the US Open.
Niemann was playing well before Sunday's win at LIV. He has had three top-five finishes in recent months, including a solo fifth place at the Australian PGA and a T-4 at the Dubai Desert Classic on the DP World Tour, which he entered after winning the Australian Open. Also included.
Niemann said in Dubai that while he understands that his inability to qualify for majors is likely a result of joining LIV, he still feels he “deserves” to play in every major. He said he was there.
That was before this week, when Niemann shot a 12-under 59 in the first round on Friday.
“I think we’re thinking differently this year,” Niemann said Sunday night. “Not making it to the majors hurt a little bit, and I think it also helped me get motivated to get back to the majors, elite player status. It helped me regain focus and start working harder and have a purpose. I think that helped me a little bit to start working. I think it's paying off and I keep telling myself that I can do this, I can win tournaments and this is a good way to prove it. I don't want to stop working the way I'm doing it.'' I'm doing it. I just want to keep going. ”