luke list earned his first pga tour victory with a birdie on the first playoff hole at torrey pines on saturday, holding off will zalatoris long after sundown to win the opening of farmers insurance.
list entered the final round five shots behind leaders zalatori and jason day and had to wait nearly two hours after closing with a six-under 66 to see if he had any chance of scoring the first victory in a career that began in 2013.
“I really believed I could win this course, and it’s a dream come true,” List said. “I told myself if I was in a playoff, I’d make a birdie.”
zalatoris missed the chance to secure the first win of his career when he narrowly missed an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th hole, forcing a playoff. After both players salvaged their missed playoff tee shots from a fairway bunker, List spun an exceptional 131-yard wedge approach shot within a foot of the cup.
After List intervened and Zalatoris missed his 13-foot birdie putt, List celebrated at twilight with his wife, Chloe, while holding their daughter, Ryann.
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“She’s been telling me for a long time, ‘Daddy, I want a trophy,’ and I finally got one,” the 37-year-old said after making his way into his 206th tour start.
zalatoris and list finished the rulebook at 15-under 273, setting the fourth tiebreaker in the past 11 years at farmers. zalatoris shot a nervous 71 in the final round, finishing with 12 straight pairs.
zalatoris, last season’s rookie of the year and masters runner-up, will mourn his last regulation shot. the eight-footer put down his right putter but slowed down and jumped sharply to the left in the last few inches.
“I fought like crazy all day,” Zalatoris said. “I was more disappointed with what I left in the second and third rounds. I think I fought very well today. the putt I hit on the 72nd hole, I thought I had it done. I just needed a little more speed.”
jon rahm, day and cameron tringale finished one stroke behind at 14 under, and justin rose was in a five-player group two strokes back.
list joined rahm as the only players to earn their first career wins at the farmers open.
after starting the final round five shots behind the co-leaders, list soared across the crowded board with a 66 that included seven birdies. Playing eight groups ahead of Zalatoris, List made four straight birdies on the front nine, but really got going when he holed out of a 36-foot bunker on the 12th.
With Zalatoris just getting around the corner, List grabbed a chunk of the lead at 15 under with a short birdie putt on the 16th, but then missed a four-foot par putt on the 17th.
And after finishing with a 13-foot birdie putt on the 18th, he settled down to wait. list chatted with his family in the dining room and even brought out a cookie for ryann before basking in the fading california sun.
list, who lives in augusta, ga., also punched her ticket to the masters for the first time as a professional. he also played in 2005 after winning the runner-up spot in the 2004 u.s. amateur.
the tournament ended on saturday to avoid a television conflict with the nfl’s two conference championship games on sunday. The leaders seemed headed for a finish on Sunday anyway for much of the final round, thanks to a packed leaderboard and slow pace of play that increased the chances of a tiebreaker that couldn’t be resolved before sundown on the coast. north san diego. .
The ending aside, Zalatoris’s run is looking up after he finished tied for sixth on the American Express last week. The 25-year-old Texan who played Wake Forest on an Arnold Palmer scholarship had a consistent final round, even if his 12th straight pair was a gut-wrencher.
other contenders rose and faded behind zalatoris all day. Most convincingly, two-time Torrey Pines winner Rahm was one shot off the lead when he missed a 14-foot par putt on the 15th. After burying a 26-foot birdie putt on the 17th, he fell short with a 17-foot birdie putt on the 18th with a chance to rejoin the leaders.
day jumped into a chunk of the lead with an eagle on the 14th, pocketing from 118 yards by dropping it past the passer with a sublime backspin that landed it right in the hole.