2022 Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard, grades: Luke List edges Will Zalatoris in playoff for hard-fought win

It's not unusual for a golfer to hit his two best shots of any event on consecutive holes. It is unusual, though, for those shots to come two hours apart. That's what happened Saturday night in primetime at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open as Luke List birdied the 18th hole at Torrey Pines twice to win the first PGA Tour event of his career.

The first came at the end of his final round. List started the day well outside the top 10 but had charged hard before a bogey at the 17th seemingly upended him. His third on the par-5 18th came from 108 yards away in the rough, and he hit it to 13 feet before making the putt, which happened to be his second-longest putt made over the final 36 holes. His 66 was the second-best round of the final day.

That got List in the house at 15 under, and from there, he waited ... and waited ... and waited ... and waited. As the rest of the field finished up, cameras showed List putting on the practice green, hitting shots on the range, messing with his phone, talking to his caddie and myriad other things professional golfers to while waiting to see if they're going to be in a playoff.

Will Zalatoris, who was playing in the final group, looked to be in control all day. Though the leaderboard bobbed and weaved Saturday, he was the constant at the top. After 11 straight pars, he went to his 72nd hole needing birdie to finish at 16 under and break the tie with List. His 8-foot birdie putt to win ducked left at the last centimeter, and List finally got his playoff opportunity.

Both golfers hit into the same bunker off the tee -- somewhat incredibly, within 4 inches of each other -- and both left themselves 130 yards on their third shots. With darkness rendering this the final hole of the day, List hit his to 11 inches. Zalatoris once again missed a birdie opportunity that would have sent the event to another playoff hole and another day. Nearly 240 yards of approach shots on the 18th for List over the course of two hours, and he got up and down both times for the win.

It was as heroic as it gets for the first victory of your career.

List has played well at big-time events before. He has five top-five finishes over the course of his career and a T6 at a PGA Championship. But nothing like this. No wins over No. 1 players in the world in one of the best fields of the entire first quarter of the year. At age 37, after 206 PGA Tour events in his career, Saturday marked a pair of shots (and a victory) he's going to remember for the rest of his life. Grade: A+

Here are the rest of our grades for the Farmers Insurance Open.

Will Zalatoris (2nd): As great as the ending was for List, it was just as heartbreaking for Zalatoris, who got into a playoff despite finishing outside the top 50 in putting. The most impressive part of his final round was how decisive he was with his approach play and how much conviction he hit his shots with. Some of the biggest shots of his life, and he was just stepping into them and flushing them all over one of the hardest golf courses on the PGA Tour. The putter is an issue (we'll talk about it later on), but I have nothing but optimism for Zalatoris who also showed off some low-key swagger to go with his world-class tee-to-green game. Grade: A+

Jon Rahm (T3): Rahm came on strong down the final 12 holes, but it wasn't enough to win his third Torrey Pines title. In the end, he was submerged by some shaky play around the greens at Torrey where his normally steady hands let him down. He finished 71st (!) in the field in strokes gained around the greens. Much of this happened on Friday in the third round when he made double at the par-4 10th hole. It's a disappointing finish for the No. 1 player in the world who was also playing in the final group in Round 3, but it's also another in a long line of incredible finishes over the last nine months. In his last 10 events, excluding the Fortinet Championship last fall where he was sick, Rahm has lost to just 35 total golfers. Grade: A-

Rick Gehman and Greg DuCharme react to Luke List's playoff victory over Will Zalatoris. Follow & listen to The First Cut on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Jason Day (T3): What a fun week for Day, who touched off his first top-five finish on the PGA Tour since the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. It was vintage Day, too. He played well in every statistical category but excelled with the putter, which has been a problem in recent years. Day was ranked No. 129 in the Official World Golf Rankings coming into the week but in the final group on Saturday. After some early wobble, he tied the lead with a hole-out eagle on No. 14. He faded from there, but it's not outrageous to think this could be a bit of regeneration for him for the rest of 2022 and push him back where he belongs in the top 100 in the world. Grade: A

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Wow, List hits it to a foot and Zalatoris misses his birdie putt. List wins his first PGA Tour event.

January 30, 2022, 1:36 AM
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Both players in the fairway bunker off the 18th tee. No advantage, and birdie will be extremely difficult from there.

January 30, 2022, 1:23 AM
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Zalatoris missed his birdie putt on No. 18 so he'll be in a playoff with List. They're headed back to No. 18.

January 30, 2022, 1:17 AM
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January 30, 2022, 1:01 AM
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Rahm makes par at the last to finish one shy of the leaders. Day needs eagle at the last to tie the leaders at 15 under, and Zalatoris needs a birdie to win the golf tournament. To get it, he'll have to get up and down from around 100 yards.

January 30, 2022, 1:01 AM
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Rahm is in trouble on 18. He'll need to get up and down from distance just to tie the current 15-under lead after hitting his drive in a bunker. Zalatoris neatly put his second on No. 17 on the green from a fairway bunker.

January 30, 2022, 12:46 AM
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January 30, 2022, 12:06 AM
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Wow, Jason Day holes out on No. 14 from 118 yards. He's tied at the top with Zalatoris and List.

January 29, 2022, 11:55 PM
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January 29, 2022, 11:54 PM
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January 29, 2022, 11:50 PM
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Excluding the Fortinet last fall when he was sick, if things stand like they are right now, Jon Rahm will have lost to 35 total golfers in his last 10 PGA Tour events (including today and three major championships).

January 29, 2022, 11:47 PM
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January 29, 2022, 11:38 PM
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Unreal up and down for List at the last for birdie. He's in the house at 15 under after shooting 66 in the finale today. Currently tied with Zalatoris, who is on the 13th. Rose is at 14 under, playing the last so he also needs a birdie.

January 29, 2022, 11:29 PM
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If Zalatoris and List go to a play off, it should be an around-the-world putting contest from 4 feet. Would watch.

January 29, 2022, 11:24 PM
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The top seven in strokes gained tee to green this week are all in the top 20 on the leaderboard, and five of them are in the top six.

January 29, 2022, 11:09 PM
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Luke List ties the lead as he eyes his first PGA Tour victory. He's won multiple times on the Korn Ferry Tour.

January 29, 2022, 11:06 PM
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January 29, 2022, 10:55 PM
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Did not see Justin Rose contending this weekend but he just made a long birdie putt to tie Rahm, Day and Horschel for second. All of them are one back of Niemann.

January 29, 2022, 10:39 PM
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