Luke List should not win the Farmers Insurance Open. The 37-year-old has had zero wins in 205 career PGA Tour starts. But as the saying goes: 206th Time is the charm. List’s phenomenal wedge in a playoff against Will Zatoris will go down as one of Torrey Pines’ all-time leading scorers.
But what makes this story really cool are the reactions that came after it. List’s wife, dragging her daughter and carrying her son, runs to the side of the 18th green to celebrate a 15-year win.
“I’m so thrilled they were here to experience this with me. It means the world to me,” List said after claiming his first tour win. “I always wanted that first win to happen here with them. My wife, Chloe, is her name and she is amazing. Having you all here is a special memory that I will have forever. Anyway, my daughter loves to hug me whether I win or not, having that special moment and hugging them and being happy and sharing that with them means the world to me.”
3 year old Ryann is the one who is really happy about it. Apparently it is very important to her to have a trophy in the house.
“She’s been talking about it for a while. I would go in the mornings when I was at a tournament and she would say, ‘Go win a trophy.’ When she was at home watching, my wife would say Dad would try to win a trophy,” says List. “My wife followed the app and it snowballed, oh dad bogeyed or birdieed. Just kid humor, your thoughts are so funny. She saw a trophy at RSM Sea Island (a PGA Tour event in Georgia) and I thought there was candy in it so it just became a funny joke that we would say I would win a trophy.
The winner of the Farmers Insurance Open receives a surfboard and a trophy shaped like one of the iconic Torrey pines. Ryann says it’s still acceptable.
“This one doesn’t look like candy fits in here, but she said, ‘Oh, flowers!’ So she’s happy with that.”
The Lists live in Augusta and with that win, Luke gets to play at the Masters in April. I wonder what Ryann thinks about green jackets?