Joaquin Niemann earns first PGA Tour win at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (WDBJ) -- It was a picture-perfect day for golf at the Old White TPC, and a tight leaderboard made for an exciting finish to the first event on the PGA Tour calendar.

Sunday's final pairing featured a couple of guys looking for their first win on the PGA Tour in Joaquin Niemann and Richy Werenski.

As they teed off, rookie Viktor Hovland was just wrapping up. The 21-year-old birdied 17 and carded a 6-under 64 in the final round - his 17th straight round in the 60s, tying a PGA Tour record.

Hovland finished 12-under for the tournament.

Blacksburg native Lanto Griffin entered Sunday seven strokes off the lead. After doubling the second, he landed six birdies in his final round, and nearly added another at 18.

A final round 67 put him at 11-under for the tournament -- a strong finish in front of a number of friends and family.

"Coming into today, obviously there were a lot of nerves," Griffin said. "I've got a lot of people here and I handled it really well. It was probably the best mental week of my life on the course. I wasn't swinging that great but I started swinging better as the tournament went on, which is what every player wants."

The crowded leaderboard started to come into focus as the final groups made the turn.

Tom Hoge had himself a nice Sunday as he comes up short of a birdie at 11.

A 5-under final round catapulted him up the leaderboard, but the man to beat all day was 20-year-old Joaquin Niemann.

The native of Chile came into the day with a two-stroke lead and hardly faltered, as he parred the 11th.

He ended his day with a flourish as Niemann birdied 17, and then in front of a full gallery at 18, birdied the last. At 21-under, the 20-year-old earned his first PGA Tour win by six strokes.

With the victory, Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on Tour, and also the first 54-hole leader to win at The Greenbrier.

"From the beginning of the week, I played with a lot of confidence coming from three weeks off," Niemann said. "I feel fresh. I was playing really good. I practiced a lot with my coach in the offseason so my game was feeling great and mentally it was awesome. I was just feeling like I was going to win this tournament since the first day. I was in a really good mindset."

The first-time champion said it might take some time before he can celebrate back in his home country.

"I've got to wait until December because all my friends that are studying in the States are going back to Chile and I'm going back to Chile in December as well, so probably just going to have a great barbecue," Niemann said. "I love doing steaks, so we'll just have a great barbecue and try to be with all my friends and family and have a great time."