Niemann, 20, Leads by 2 at Greenbrier

Joaquin Niemann of Chile, the youngest player in the field, is leading A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier heading to the final round in the first tournament of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

The 20-year-old Niemann shot 2-under-par 68 to take a two-stroke lead over Richy Werenski, Nate Lashley and Robby Shelton on the Old White TPC Course › oldwhite at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

“I just feel like I’m almost a member here,” said Niemann, whose first event as a PGA Tour came in 2017 at the Greenbrier. “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.

“I’m just really happy the way I’ve been playing. “This course is really good for me.”

Niemann, who has won three pro tournaments (one as an amateur) but is seeking his first PGA Tour victory, sank a seven-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to give himself a little breathing room with a 54-hole total of 15-under 195—including a 62 in round two.

Lashley holed out a 37-foot shot from the rough on the 17th hole to highlight a 65, while Werenski birdied four of the first eight holes in another 65, and Shelton, the first-round leader with a 62, managed a 70.

Scottie Scheffler, who shot 62 in round two, birdied the last to holes to salvage a 71 and is three shots back in a tie for fifth with Adam Long, who had five birdies and five pars in a 70.

Joseph Bramlett sank a 44-foot eagle putt en route to a 65 and is another stroke back in a tie for seventh with Harris English, who totaled 68, while Patrick Rodgers of Stanford birdied the last three holes for a 66 and is five down in a tie for 10th with Tom Hoge and Sungjae Im of South Korea, who both had 67.

Kevin Chappell of Fresno and UCLA, who carded a brilliant 59 in round two, struggled to a 73 and is tied for 29th.

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