It is not uncommon for a golfer to hit their best two shots of any event on consecutive holes. It is unusual, however, for these shots to be spaced two hours apart. That’s what happened Sunday 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 last lap. List started the day well outside the top 10 but had charged hard before a bogey at 17 seemingly upset him. His third on the par-5 18 came from 108 yards into the rough, and he hit it 13 feet before making the putt, which happened to be his second longest putt made in the last 36 holes. . His 66 was the second fastest lap of the final day.

It brought List into the house at 15 under, and from there he waited…and waited…and waited…and waited. As the rest of the pitch wrapped up, cameras showed List practicing on the green, hitting shots on the range, playing with his phone, talking to his caddy and a myriad of other other things professional golfers are waiting to see if they’re going to make the playoffs.

Will Zalatoris, who played in the final group, seemed to be in control all day. Although the standings wobbled and wobbled on Saturday, he was the constant at the top. After 11 straight pars, he went to his 72nd hole requiring a birdie to finish at 16 under and break the tie with List. His 8-foot birdie putt to win dodged a left in the last inch, and List finally got his playoff opportunity.

Both golfers hit into the same bunker from the tee – quite unbelievably, within 4 inches of each other – and both dropped 130 yards out on their third shots. As darkness made it the last hole of the day, List hit his at 11 inches. Zalatoris once again missed a birdie opportunity that would have sent the event to another playoff hole and another day. Almost 240 yards of approach shots on the 18th for List in two hours, and he went up and down both times for the win.

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

List has played well at big events before. He has five top-five finishes in his career and a T6 to a PGA Championship. But nothing like it. No wins over the world’s No. 1 players in one of the best areas in the entire first quarter of the year. At 37, after 206 PGA Tour events in his career, Saturday scored a pair of shots (and a win) he will remember for the rest of his life. Rating: A+

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

Will Zalatoris (2nd): As great as the ending was for List, it was equally heartbreaking for Zalatoris, who qualified for the playoffs 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 confidently he hit his shots. Some of the biggest shots of his life, and he had just gotten in there and thrown them all over one of the toughest golf courses on the PGA Tour. The putter is an issue (more on that later), but I’m nothing but optimistic for Zalatoris who also showed understated swagger to go along with his world-class tee-to-green game. Rating: A+

Jon Rahm (T3): Rahm came strong in the last 12 holes, but it wasn’t enough to claim his third title at Torrey Pines. In the end, he was overwhelmed with shaky play around the Torrey greens where his normally steady hands let him down. He finished 71st (!) of the field in strokes gained around the greens. Much of that happened on Friday in the third round when he scored a brace on the par-4 10th hole. It’s a disappointing end for the world No. 1 player who was also playing in the final group of round three, but it’s also another in a long string of incredible finishes over the past nine months. In his last 10 events, excluding the Fortinet Championship last fall where he was ill, Rahm has lost to just 35 golfers overall. Rating: A-

Jason Day (T3): What a fun week for Day, who notched his first PGA Tour top five since the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park. It was also the day of the vintage. He played well in all statistical categories but excelled with the putter, which has been a problem in recent years. Day was ranked No. 129 in the Official World Golf Rankings heading into the week, but in the final group on Saturday. After a few early swings, he tied the lead with a holey eagle at No. 14. He faded from there, but it’s not outrageous to think it might be a bit of regeneration for him for the rest of 2022 and push it back to where it is in the world top 100. Rating: A