Luke List Secures Dramatic Maiden Victory At Torrey Pines

The 37-year-old produced an incredible shot at the first playoff hole to defeat Will Zalatoris and claim the Farmers Insurance Open

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Torrey Pines produced yet another incredible final day of action, as Luke List defeated Will Zalatoris at the first playoff hole to secure his maiden PGA Tour title.

The event, which saw a Saturday conclusion instead of a normal Sunday finish, had been hotly contested by the likes of world number one, Jon Rahm, a returning Jason Day, as well as Justin Thomas and Sungjae Im.

However, after a six-under-par final round, it was 37-year-old, List, who picked up the title. The American was made to wait though, having to keep lose on the range as he waited for an hour and a half for the remaining groups to finish off their final few holes. 

Eventually though, List found himself in a playoff against one of golf's rising stars in Zalatoris and, with the pair matching each other shot for shot, it was List who got the better of his youthful opponent, spinning a wedge shot at the first playoff to a few inches and tapping in for a winning birdie.

Beginning the final day, the main headlines centred around the players at the top of the leaderboard, with Zalatoris and Day holding one shot advantages over Rahm and Englishman, Aaron Rai.

As the final round got underway, the leaderboard was changing consistently, with players unable to break out of the huge logjam of 13 and 14-under-par. As they jostled for position, it was List who broke out from the pack, with four consecutive birdies at the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th catapulting him into the top-10.

A further birdie followed at the 12th, with his sixth birdie of the day at the 16th momentarily putting him into the share of the lead with Zalatoris. A bogey followed at the 17th, before a stunning birdie at the last set the clubhouse target at 15-under-par, a score that would give his rivals something to think about.

List eyes up a putt

List's previous best finish was a playoff loss to Justin Thomas at the 2018 Honda Classic.

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A reaction was needed from some of the players in the congested pack, and a reaction is what occurred, with Jason Day producing the shot of the day at the par-4 14th, holing out for eagle and joining the duo of List and Zalatoris at 15-under-par.

The Australian would fizzle out though over the remaining holes, leaving it up to his playing partner to fight it out for victory. Playing the last, Zalatoris produced a fantastic wedge shot, however, the 25-year-old was once again let down by his infamous putting, with his weak effort for victory finishing on the edge of the hole.

With light fading at Torrey Pines, we headed for a playoff, with realistically only one hole of action likely to be played. 

After an hour and a half wait, it was List to tee off first, with his drive harshly plugging in the fairway bunker. That mistake, left Zalatoris a wide fairway to aim at, but he couldn't capitalise, with his 300-yard drive finishing three inches away from List's ball in the bunker!

As both splashed out to the 120-yard mark, it was List to play first and, if Zalatoris felt under pressure before, he was definitely under the cosh as he saw his opponents wedge shot finish right next to the hole. 

Zalatoris reacts to his missed putt

Zalatoris reacts his putt at the 72nd hole.

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Following List, Zalatoris did mirror his approach shot that he produced in regulation play, with the ball spinning off the ridge and finishing an almost identical length to that of half an hour ago.

As List tapped-in, it was down to the young American to hole his putt and extend the playoff, but, Zalatoris couldn't follow, with a carbon-copy of his putt in regulation play staying out, therefore handing the trophy to List.

With the win, the 37-year-old earns a spot at the Masters in April and moves to just outside the top-50 of the world rankings.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x