April 27 2013
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.''