WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Joaquin Niemann was an 18-year-old amateur when he arrived in West Virginia two years ago and tied for 29th in the only PGA Tour event he played outside of the U.S. Open.
In 2018, he improved to a tie for fifth at the tournament.
Now he has a chance to become the first player from Chile to win on tour.
Niemann shot a 2-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier.
The 20-year-old Niemann was 15 under with a round left in the season-opening event at the Old White TPC.
“I just feel like I’m almost a member here,” Niemann said. “I just like being out here. Always when you play on a course that you know already it helps a lot. I think this is the course I have played more on tour.”
Niemann had a bogey and three birdies, including a 4-foot putt on the par-5 17th.
“I’m just really happy the way I’ve been playing,” Niemann said. “This course is really good for me.”
No third-round leader has gone on to win the tournament.
Nate Lashley, Richy Werenski and Robby Shelton were tied for second at 13 under. Lashley and Werenski…