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Luke List wins the Farmers Insurance Open in a playoff.
List holds off Will Zalatoris who we both looking for their first PGA Tour victory in a playoff.
List who was out early shot a closing round of 66 and was waiting in the clubhouse for nearly 2 hours and he was the clubhouse leader at 15 under.
Still on the course were names like world number 1 Jon Rahm, Jason Day and eventual runner up Will Zalatoris.
List who got himself into the picture early reeled off 4 birdies in a row on the front nine to rocket up the leader board and put himself on the first page. His solid round continue on the back nine with an inward 2 under 34 leaving him at 15 under for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Rahm, Day and Zalatoris all had their chances.
Rahm had an up and down day and couldn’t really get his putter going. He was out in 35 and in with 36 leaving him 1 under and 14 under.
Day was the same, solid until the 14 hole where he was 2 shots off the lead. He then holes out for eagle from the fairway which then shot him up the leader board into a tie for the lead. A couple of costly bogeys on his 16th and 17th cost him a chance at victory and one shot back from the leaders.
Zalatoris was the closest out of the three. He had a chance to win the tournament on his final hole with a birdie putt on the last. As the putt headed toward the hole it lost pace and turned just at the end leaving him millilitres away from the hole and a chance at his first tournament win.
The par left List and Zalatoris in a playoff. With both finding the fairway with their drive and List playing first, with 131 yards into the hole he hits it over the hole and spins it back to one foot all but guaranteed a birdie. Zalartoris hit his approach to 10 feet under the hole and had a chance to tie but when the ball started left it all but sealed victory for List.
“When the sun goes down, it cools off a good 10 degrees or so and that’s almost 10 yards,” List said. So instead of playing a 135-yard shot, List and his caddie, Jeff Willett, figured the adjusted distance was more like 148. “We had a good number and I just trusted it was going to play that long and I think it landed past with some spin and I think that’s kind of what you have to do on that approach,” List said.
“Yeah, it's a whirlwind,” List said after hitting his third shot to within inches on the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, to beat Zalatoris as the sun melted over the Pacific. “Still a lot of emotions going through my head, but to get that first win is definitely a relief.”