List returns to the winner’s circle in Florida

Luke List closed with a 3-under 67 to earn a one-stroke victory over Joseph Bramlett and Shad Tuten at the Korn Ferry Challenge at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Playing in Sunday’s final threesome with Bramlett and 54-hole leader Will Zalatoris, List birdied three of his first four holes to turn a one-shot deficit into a two-shot lead. He was even-par the rest of the day and secured the win at 12-under-par.

Luke List Luke List (Credit: Korn Ferry Tour)

“It’s been a while since I’ve won, and it’s been a couple months since we’ve played competitive golf, so it feels great first of all, to get back playing competitively, and then to win the first week, I’m really excited,” said the PGA Tour member.

Jamie Arnold was the best placed Australian in a tie for 46th position while Brett Drewitt, Brett Coletta, Harrison Endycott, Curtis Luck, Ryan Ruffels and Robert Allenby all missed the cut.

What’s In The Bag – Luke List

  • Titleist Pro V1 Golf Ball
  • TaylorMade SIM Driver
  • TaylorMade SIM Max 3W
  • Callaway Utility Iron (2i)
  • Titleist T100 (4-PW)
  • Titleist Vokey SM8 (50º, 54º, 59º)
  • Axis1 Rose Putter

Before this week, List’s last competitive round in a PGA Tour sanctioned was the first round of The Players Championship, where he shot a 2-under 70 and was T37 before the tournament was cancelled.

Debate is also circling as to why a PGA Tour regular was playing on the Korn Ferry Tour. List is a seven-year PGA Tour veteran and entered the Korn Ferry Challenge along with a host of other pros when spots dried up at the PGA Tour event, the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Most players are keeping tight lipped given the sensitivity of the matter, especially after the social media storm surrounding Vijay Singh’s announcement, and subsequent retraction, that he would play the event.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was on the course watching List secure his victory after golf had returned for the first time since the Tour was suspended on 13 March.

“I think things went very well, as you would have hoped they would,” said Monahan of the tour’s return.

“It was conducted under exhaustive safety protocols that will continue as the remainder of the revamped 2020 season continues. We were confident everyone would be responsible, and will continue to be responsible as we move from tournament to tournament.”

Testing will be conducted each week, at each stop on the two tours.

Players, caddies and staff were kept in a tight “bubble” to minimise exposure to the outside. Almost all of them stayed in the same hotel. Almost all will travel to the next sites on charter planes. Fans will be kept out of the first four PGA Tour events and the first six Korn Ferry events.