Joaquin Niemann lost the 2021 Tournament of Champions in a playoff to Harris English on Sunday, but his runner-up finish may have been a harbinger of things to come this year as the 22-year-old stud vies for a perception of his star power to reflect the reality of it.

Niemann has been a professional golfer for nearly three years now after he turned pro as a 19-year-old. He went on to earn special temporary membership on the PGA Tour in his fifth start after the 2018 Masters and his full card three starts later. 

Again, he was six months from turning 20 at the time he earned his card, or two years younger than Matthew Wolff is right now. From there he won at the end of 2019, played on the 2019 International Presidents Cup team and found some terrific form at the very end of 2020, which he clearly carried into…

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