Under the baking-hot solar of a September Georgia afternoon, Niemann, his South African caddie Gary Matthews and a gaggle of scorers, could possibly be seen scrambling from tee to inexperienced, usually chuckling and high-fiving as they went.
“I used to run rather a lot in highschool,” stated Niemann to the media afterwards, “But now, I hate it. I simply did it for enjoyable and it was fairly enjoyable.”
With no hope of successful the $15 million-dollar first prize, he determined to attempt to write his personal piece of unofficial historical past — the fastest recorded round at this event.
In 2016, the American golfer Kevin Na performed a round at East Lake in a single hour and 59 minutes, however Niemann wasn’t positive that he was going to aim to beat it till midway by means of the day.
He instructed the media afterwards, “It has been an extended three or 4 weeks that I’ve been taking part in, and I wasn’t taking part in my finest golf this week. I used to be in final place and wasn’t going to win. I used to be fairly far behind, so I used to be like, ‘Let’s make it enjoyable.'”
After the round, the brothers have been flushed to the face and making an attempt to catch their breath. “I wrestle,” stated Tyler, “so I’m in one of the best situation I’ll be in, but it surely nonetheless wore me out!”
Anticipating the report try, Niemann’s caddie Gary Matthews stated he tried to lighten the bag that he’d be operating with all day. He packed simply three balls as an alternative of 9, just one glove, no rain cowl, and no umbrella. He estimated the load to be round 25 kilos.
Niemann ended up taking part in so quick that when he was on the fifteenth gap, he observed that the group behind him — Stewart Cink and Masters champions Hideki Matsuyama — have been solely simply teeing off on the eighth gap.
Overstating their record-attempt for comedic impact, Matthews joked in regards to the crowd’s response to it: “Everyone was clapping, they obtained the gist of what we have been doing. If ten folks have been operating [alongside us] down 18, it felt like Tiger’s time right here!” He was referring to the 2018 Tour Championship, when Tiger Woods was mobbed by 1000’s of followers on the ultimate gap.
When Niemann tapped in for par on the 18th gap and a event rating of 4-over, the clock stopped at one hour and 53 minutes, a brand new — if unofficial — report. But as he walked off the inexperienced, milking the applause, not everybody was amused; 12-time PGA tour winner Paul Azinger described it as a “meaningless report” on the Golf Channel, and within the scorer’s tent, Niemann realized that his antics may need landed him in bother.
Waiting for him was PGA Tour Executive Andy Pazder, who knowledgeable Niemann and his caddie that that they had disrespected the sport and disrespected The Tour Championship. Their punishment was going to be a $10,000 high quality. Before the Chilean had an opportunity to reply, Pazder broke the stress and revealed that he was solely joking.