Nimmer makes history by winning first LOCALiQ Series event

When Bryson Nimmer earned his first professional victory on the GPro Tour last month, he knew his next step would be the PGA Tour’s LOCALiQ Series — he just wasn’t exactly sure what that entailed. Now his name will forever be intertwined with the eight-week series the PGA Tour designed to give players from the Mackenzie Tour, PGA Tour China Series and PGA Tour Latinoamérica a place to play during the pandemic.

Nimmer fired a 10-under-par 62 in the final round Friday at the Golf Club of Georgia to claim a four-shot victory in the Alpharetta Classic, the opening event of the makeshift tour. 

Nimmer played a nearly flawless final round that included a spectacular eagle hole-out on his 54th hole. The former Clemson All-American made 10 birdies and an eagle Friday, cruising to a four-shot triumph over playing partner Hayden Shieh. 

Nimmer’s final shot of the inaugural event of the LOCALiQ Series was the punctuation on a progressively impressive week of golf. He opened with a 4-under 68 to put himself in the mix, fired a 64 in the second round to vault into contention, and ran away with it down the stretch.

With a three-shot lead and standing on the 18th tee, Nimmer put his game in safe mode on the par-5. He striped his drive down the middle of the fairway and then laid up, leaving himself a wedge-shot approach into the green. Nimmer’s shot was at the pin the entire way, and he watched as the ball rolled and tucked against the pin, eventually falling into the hole for an eagle.

“It was super solid. I thought it was a little short. I think it did land a little short,” Nimmer said of his last stroke of the tournament. 

As he watched it roll toward the pin, he wasn’t sure the ball had dropped. 

“It kind of hit the flag and stayed there, so I could see the ball. I thought it was sitting on the edge. When everybody went nuts, I thought it was probably in the hole.” 

It was. 

Nimmer began his final round a stroke behind 36-hole leader Shieh, but he immediately went to work, making three birdies on his first five holes. Nimmer’s bogey on No. 6—his third consecutive on that par-3—derailed his momentum momentarily, but he closed the front nine with three additional birdies. That was a pattern he followed later in his round. Following a three-putt bogey at the par-5 10th, Nimmer took control of the tournament with another birdie-birdie-birdie performance, starting at No. 11 He closed with a birdie at No. 16 and the eagle on 18. 

Walking down the 18th fairway, Alex Weiss, who played the final round with Nimmer and Shieh, said, “Whatever Bryson tells you about his round today, he won’t do it justice. It was the best display of golf I’ve seen in a long time.” 

And Weiss made that statement before Nimmer’s final-shot heroics. 

“There are a lot of birdie opportunities on this golf course. Kind of going into the day, I was one back and I figured somewhere around 18(-under) would get it done,” explained Nimmer after blowing past his goal by four shots. “I went out and tried to make as many birdies as I could. I came off to a hot start and made some putts early. Honestly, I tried to play it safe most of the way on the back nine, and I made a couple of putts.”

The win also puts Nimmer at the top of the season-long LOCALiQ Series standings. After the first seven events, the top 78 eligible players in the points standings will qualify for the LOCALiQ Series Championship at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas.

The next event in the series is the Championship at Echelon Golf Club in Alpharetta, Georgia, from Monday through Thursday. 

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