By unanimity, the Ministry of Sports commission, led by minister Cecilia Pérez, chose the golfer in a virtual vote as the best in 2020. The Talagante native succeeds the skeet shooter Francisca Crovetto and became the youngest athlete in achieving the National Sports Award.
Niemann has had an extraordinary performance since he started his incursion in the PGA Tour. In 2019 he was able to maintain his card, achieved his first title in the A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier Tournament and he also participated in the prestigious President’s Cup tournament, where he faces the United Stated team, led by Tiger Woods back then.
In January 2021, he was second place in the Sentry Tournament of Champions and in the Sony Open in Hawaii, tournaments that reported him over one million and five hundred thousand dollars in awards. Niemann is placed at 28th in the world ranking, which secures his place in Tokyo 2020 (the top 60 are qualified).
Minister Cecilia Pérez assured that “Joaquin has demonstrated a world class talent, discipline, passion, mettle and category. It is a great pride and example to see his sports development, that among other achievements, include being number one in the Amateur World Ranking and being the first Chilean to win a title in the PGA Tour”.