By Brian Allee-Walsh, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
AVONDALE, La. -- After a quick, solitary stroll around TPC Louisiana, 28-year-old Luke List found himself with oodles of time on his hands mid-morning Saturday.
"What time is it? 10 o'clock,'' he said after completing his third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in a rapid 2 hours, 43 minutes. "I'm going to go practice and maybe go to the Zurich tent a little later and hob-nob with those guys.
"Maybe, I'll check out the Jazz Fest and just kind of relax a little bit.''
List went off the first tee solo at 8:15 a.m. ET Saturday after becoming the last weekend qualifier with a birdie-par finish late Friday. By doing so, he climbed to 3 under and became the 71st player to qualify for the weekend, counting Chinese teenage phenom Guan Tianlang who also hit the cut line on the nose.
By getting to 3 under, List eliminated 22 players who were lurking at 2 under and hoping to be part of a PGA TOUR record 93-player field on the weekend.
"I luckily dodged most everybody in the clubhouse and I kind of did the same thing at my hotel,'' List said. "But I got some funny texts from Jeff Overton and Roberto Castro, guys who were at 3-under. They were very thankful to be playing twosomes. Although TV does better with threesomes, guys really like twosomes because we play quicker and make more money.''
List acknowledged that he probably had a few detractors who were sitting at 2 under but declined to name them.
"Golf is a pretty classy sport,'' he said, smiling. "But I'm sure a few people were dog-cussing me under their breath. But I know most of the guys at 2 under pretty well and am good friends.
"Vice versa, if I was in their shoes, I'd probably hate it for the time being but it all comes out in the wash. We're all out here every week. It's one cut but they'll be back out here next week.''
List shot a bogey-free 4-under 68 Saturday and climbed from last at 71st to a temporary tie for sixth at 6-under 210 before free-falling back down the leaderboard once players behind him starting posting their scores.
"It's the first time I played by myself as a pro,'' List said. "It was relaxing and fun out there, just me and my caddie (Jeff King). It's not a great consolation prize to be last after 36 holes but I handled it well. If I have to do it again I'll know what to expect.
"Hopefully, I'll be in the pack by the end of the day and have another good round tomorrow.''
LA JOLLA, Caif. -- Luke List won't figure prominently in the final outcome of the Farmers Insurance Open but he did make the final round memorable just the same.
That's because List made an albatross on the 13th hole, his fourth of the day. The rookie used a 3-wood for the 255-yard shot to get back to even par for the tournament.
The albatross was the first on the PGA TOUR this year. There were four double eagles recorded in 2012.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Tiger Woods continues his adventurous opening round on the South Course during the Farmers Insurance Open.
Woods birdied the first hole but gave that back -- and then some -- when he three-putted the fourth hole for double bogey. But Woods followed with a birdie at the fifth hole and just holed a bunker shot for an eagle at No. 6 to get to 2 under.
Defending champion Brandt Snedeker continues to own a share of the lead at 5 under. He's played 11 holes and is tied with fellow Vanderbilt product and PGA TOUR rookie Luke List, who has completed 10.
Vijay Singh, Bryce Molder, Brian Stuard and Nicholas Thompson are playing their second nine holes at 4 under. There are 12 players tied at 3 under, including former PGA champ Keegan Bradley and Nicolas Colsaerts, the big-hitting Belgian who is making his PGA TOUR debut.
Luke Guthrie made just 10 Web.com Tour starts in 2012 -- and finished third of better four times. (Ferrey/Getty Images)
Among the rookie graduates from the Web.com Tour and Q-school, who will have the best season in 2013?
If he putts as well as he did when he first turned pro, Luke Guthrie should have no problem having a John Huh-type year as a rookie in 2013. -- Ryan Smithson, Producer
I look for a player that has paid his dues, shown steady progression, faced adversity and recovered. Luke List fits all those requirements. In three years at Web.com he progressed from 78th to 4th on the money list and arrives on the PGA TOUR as a complete player mentally and physically. -- Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
What I like about Luke List: A half-dozen top 10s on the Web.com Tour that included a win and two runner-up finishes; led in driving distance, just outside the top 50 in GIR and 36th in putting. What I like more: His game passes the eyeball test among fellow players. -- Brian Wacker, Producer
Ben Kohles. He opened his pro career with consecutive wins on the Web.com Tour. Perhaps just as telling is that he ranked first in driving accuracy and 24th in greens hit last year. -- Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
Russell Henley gets the edge thanks in part to a high starting position in the reshuffle, but he has all of the tools, too. Seemed to experience a coming of age late in the year on the Web.com Tour with a pair of playoff victories amidst a run of four consecutive top 10s. -- Rob Bolton, Fantasy Insider
It is really hard to win on the Web.com Tour. Not only did Ben Kohles do it the first time he teed it up on the Web.com Tour, but he won in a playoff ... and then backed it up with another win in his next start. He's sure to be a factor on the PGA TOUR in 2013. -- Anne Szeker, Producer
What Luke Guthrie did after turning pro after the NCAA Championships was phenomenal. The Illini standout lost in a playoff in his first Web.com Tour start, then went on to notch two wins among his seven top-10s and finish second on the money list in just 10 starts. And did we mention Guthrie had top-20 finishes in three of his first four PGA TOUR starts, including a tie for fifth at the John Deere Classic? -- Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
Ben Kohles' two wins in his first two pro starts was one of the great stories of 2012, and an indicator of a guy who won't be fazed by life on golf's biggest stage. -- John Schwarb, Producer
Coming Thursday: Of the five players at the top of the 2012 FedExCup standings (Snedeker, McIlroy, Woods, Watney, Mickelson), who will have the most productive season in 2013?
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2013 PREVIEW: Many expected big-hitting Vandy graduate Luke List, who was runner-up at the 2004 U.S. Amateur, to punch his ticket to the PGA TOUR sooner. But he's made steady progress on the Web.com Tour -- moving from 78th to 27th to fourth on the money list -- and will be looking to continue that trend.
2012 DEFINING MOMENT: List handled the pressure of contention well at the South Georgia Classic, owning the 36-hole lead and sharing it after three rounds before winning by two. He closed with a 68 that included the day's only eagle at the monster 657-yard par-5 13th hole to win by two. – Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: The first thing I'm going to say to Luke is, "What took you so long?" I watched List play college golf at Vanderbilt and figured he was well prepared for the PGA TOUR. It did not turn out that way. List turned professional in 2007 and struggled until winning The South Georgia Classic and finishing second three times. I would be shocked if Luke did not play well this year on the PGA TOUR. He's a very smart person with a very good swing, whose time has come.– Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio
BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: I'm bullish, but I'm also cautious. His foray on the PGA TOUR is merely the next step in his natural progression, one that has taken a deliberate pace over the years, not that that's a knock. His skill set as a bomber evokes 2011 Web.com Tour grad Jason Kokrak, but List arrives on the scene with more cachet. Bottom line, he's worth the risk. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert
2012 QUICK REVIEW
Final money list ranking
|Best finish||1st||South Georgia Classic Presented by First State Bank and Trust Company|
|By the Numbers
Cuts made: 16
Rounds played: 81
Top-10 finishes: 6
|Web.com Tour ranking
Driving distance: 1st
Driving accuracy: 125th
Greens in regulation: 51st
Putting average: 36th
Scoring average: 6th
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