Once four under par and among the second-round leaders in the PGA Championship, Niemann had fallen back to even par.
The birdie also gave Niemann a round of 71 and a two-day total of 139, one under par, not good enough to stay among the contenders but good enough to be big news in Chile.
The Friday morning edition of El Mercurio, Chiles version of the New York Times, carried an action photograph of Niemann with the headline, Shines on the first day of the PGA Championship.
While Niemann stood in that valley, weighing the virtues of a 5-iron against a 6, what, pray tell, was your 19-year-old doing?
This year Niemann has earned $1,156,857 on the PGA Tour.