Joaquin Niemann won one of his most important matches, out of the green. The Chilean golfer, thanks to the help of the followers of the web and his colleagues, managed to raise, in the space of three months, over 2,000,000 dollars to guarantee the care of his cousin Rafael Calderón, a child of just 3 months who suffers from the onset of an aggressive form of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
Niemann, 22, from Santiago de Chile, has given up all his earnings on the field since the last events of 2020 to help his cousin. And the mission, from impossible, has become possible thanks to the support of many enthusiasts, not just golfers.
Joaquin Niemann, statements
"It was fantastic to see how the PGA Tour, thousands of people and many associations have helped us to support Rafael. He is better now and I really hope that this difficult time will pass soon."
These are the statements of Niemann who, until Sunday, will be among the protagonists of The Genesis Invitational, a tournament of the highest American male circuit. Meanwhile, revelations of Bubba Watson: "I no longer need to hide that I am a man with some problems and that sometimes cries.
There are ups and downs in life and I am not ashamed to admit it." The American golfer can also boast two career triumphs (in 2012 and 2014) at The Masters. And that now, on the eve of The Genesis Invitational, an event of the PGA Tour until Sunday in California (which Watson has already won three times, the last in 2018), he wanted to talk about his sufferings.
Caused by an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as anxiety problems, which has led to many teasing in the past. "He hurt me - admits the 42 year old from Baghdad (Florida) - but now I have learned to know and manage myself"
A suffering that has been part of his life for a long time, which got worse two years ago. When Watson couldn't sleep, he lost weight and feared for his life. "I thought I was going to die, but I never stopped fighting" He was also and above all helped by golf. A sport, his sport, considered perfect for those suffering from ADHD.