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Joaquin Niemann Defeats Rikuya Hoshino in Play-Off to Win Australian Open

Joaquin Niemann Defeats Rikuya Hoshino in Play-Off to Win Australian Open

Joaquin Niemann sunk an eagle on the second play-off hole to beat Rikuya Hoshino and secure a maiden DP World Tour victory at the Australian Open in Sydney.

The 25-year-old Chilean, who joined LIV Golf in 2022, finished the tournament on 14 under with Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino to force the play-off. Both birdied the first play-off hole on the 18th but Niemann drained an eagle putt on the second hole to beat Hoshino to earn his first title on the DP World Tour.

“It means a lot,” Niemann said. “This season wasn’t the best for me. I wanted to play more golf. It was huge to come up here and play good golf and get a result.”

This victory for Niemann means that he will take part on The 152nd Open at Royal Troon next year, making it his fifth appearance at the highly-prestigious tournament.

Australia’s Minwoo Lee finished two shots behind the leaders on 12 under while there was a three-way tie for fourth featuring Australia’s Adam Scott, England’s Laurie Canter, and Scotland’s Grant Forrest.

In the women’s tournament, South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai defended her title thanks to a one-shot victory over Australia’s Minjee Lee.

Her triumph establishes her as the first player to achieve back-to-back victories in the tournament since Yani Tseng in 2011.

The next event on the DP World Tour schedule is the Alfred Dunhill Championship taking place between 7-10 December at Leopard Creek CC in Malelane, South Africa.