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Luke List is rushed by his family after winning the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course Saturday in La Jolla. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

Luke List logged his first career win at the Farmers Insurance Open Saturday when he emerged victorious in a one-hole playoff with Will Zalatoris.

They sat atop the leaderboard at 15-under going into the playoff as dusk gathered on Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Zalatoris shared the lead to begin the day, and after posting a 1-under 71 had a shot at an outright win, but fell short after his putt veered off just in front of the 18th hole, leaving him in a tie.

List had caught fire to shoot up 18 spots in the standings, finishing with a 6-under 66 round, then waited nearly two hours to see if his lead would stand.

Their initial shots off the tee in the playoff ended up inches from each other in a bunker. List then placed his next shot within a foot of the hole before landing it for a birdie.

“To hit that shot – I’ll remember it forever,” he said.

Zalatoris’ shot landed about 10 feet from the cup, but he missed, giving List the win.

It was the fourth time the tournament has ended in a playoff in the past 11 years, according to the Associated Press.

List, out of Augusta, Ga., was making his 206th start in nine years without a win on the PGA Tour. He came close in 2018, dropping a playoff to Justin Thomas at the Honda Classic.

“You know I played a heck of a round today, so I was really happy with that regardless of how I finished,” said List, 37. “And I told that to my caddy, I was really just pleased with the way that I hung in there. To be able to make the playoff and obviously the outcome, it’s just what dreams are made of.”

He added that Torrey Pines “is one of my favorite golf courses. It always will be.”

“I always believed I could win on this golf course and it’s just amazing that that came true,” he said.

List received $1.512 million for the win, part of the $8.4 million purse.

Before the playoff, he had seven birdies Saturday, including on four straight holes and the 18th. Zalatoris had a bogey to open his day, then birdied the fifth and sixth holes.

Jason Day, the co-leader entering Saturday’s play, fell to third, tied with Jon Rahm and Cameron Tringale, at one shot back.

Pat Perez, a Torrey Pines High graduate, like List, had a strong day to climb the leaderboard and finish tops among the locals competing this weekend. He shot a 4-under 68 to rise 13 spots to a five-way tie for sixth.

Aaron Rai jumped from a tie for 10th to be part of that group in sixth – along with Justin Rose, Joaquin Neimann and Sungjae Im – after a birdie on the 18th hole.

J.J. Spaun and Xander Schauffele, both San Diego State grads, finished eight strokes back in a five-way tie for 34th.

Competition was tight. Three golfers entered the final round Saturday tied for fifth, two shots off the lead at 13-under 203, including Justin Thomas, one of the three co-leaders after the second round. There were 12 golfers within three shots of the lead.

Zalatoris had sought his first tour title in his 40th start. Friday was the first time Zalatoris, out of Dallas, has led or shared the lead of a PGA tournament after three rounds.

The PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in the 2020-21 season also has a second-place finish in the Masters.

“The putt I hit on the 72nd hole, I thought I made it. I just needed a hair more speed,” he told the AP of his near win.

Day had been seeking his 13th victory on the tour and first since the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship. The Austrailan has had three stints atop the Official World Golf Ranking, the last from March 2016 to February 2017, but has fallen all the way to 129th.

“Not saying I didn’t play good today, I just didn’t give myself opportunities, and when I did give myself opportunities, I left myself in a poor position on the putting green,” he said.

The next stops on the PGA Tour are the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in Florida beginning Thursday, followed by the Phoenix Open.

– Staff and wire reports

Updated 10:25 p.m. Jan. 29, 2022