Local pro Luke List wins Korn Ferry Challenge, earns RBC Heritage spot

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, 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. With the
win, List broke a streak of 208 winless starts (62 Korn Ferry Tour, 146 PGA TOUR) since he won
the 2012 South Georgia Classic on the 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,” List said.
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, making bogey on No. 11 and birdie on No. 12, but he didn’t relinquish the lead
at any point. He parred the final six holes, and a two-putt from 40 feet on No. 18 secured the
win with a 12-under total.
“When the wind’s up, I think the back nine is more challenging, and fortunately I was able toget off to a good start, pretty much every day,” said List. “It was challenging out there today.
The wind was swirling, it was gusting pretty hard, we had a lot of into-cross winds, so I’m happy
with 3-under, for sure.”


List has qualified for the FedExCup Playoffs each of the last four seasons. Prior to that, his 2015
season on the Korn Ferry Tour featured three top-10s, and he earned his PGA TOUR card
through the 2015 Korn Ferry Tour Finals. In 13 starts on the PGA TOUR in 2019-2020, List’s best
finish was T13 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and he is 160th in the FedExCup
standings.


Before this week, his 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 canceled.


“The last time I was here was for THE PLAYERS and I was playing pretty well. I tried to just carry
that (momentum) into the restart,” said List, who will travel to Hilton Head and play in the RBC
Heritage on the PGA TOUR next week. “Obviously, I would have loved to have been at Colonial,
but I’m glad I was here this week. It was really a perfect storm to be here and I’m just excited
for the rest of the year.”


Bramlett was one of two players that made late charges, only to fall one shot short. In his bid to
become the just the second African American to win on the Korn Ferry Tour, Bramlett birdied
No. 16 to pull within two, and then he rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 17, the toughest
hole of the week, to cut the deficit to one. However, he was unable to force a playoff, as he
missed a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to finish with a final-round 68 and an 11-under total.
“I gave myself a chance to win, I was right there on a pretty big stage here on the Korn Ferry
Tour,” said Bramlett, who will stay in Northeast Florida and compete in next week’s King & Bear
Classic at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. “It gives me added confidence and experience
being in the last group and feeling those nerves again, knowing I can come through when I need
to. Hopefully I can keep building on it this summer.”


Bramlett posted his first career top-10 on the PGA TOUR this season, a T9 at the Puerto Rico
Open, and he is currently 178th in the FedExCup. The 32-year-old Stanford product earned PGA
TOUR membership for the first season since 2011 by finishing No. 22 in last year’s Korn Ferry
Tour Finals 25.


In addition to Bramlett, Shad Tuten made a late comeback and finished T2 at 11-under. The 27-
year-old from Naples, Florida, was 4-under on Nos. 14-18, a five-hole stretch that included
three of the eight hardest holes on the week. He closed with a 3-under 67 and finished runnerup in just his seventh start on Tour.
Nicholas Lindheim carded the day’s best score, a 4-under 66, and he finished at 10-under and
tied for fourth with Kristoffer Ventura. Zalatoris started Sunday as the leader for the first time
on Korn Ferry Tour, and his final round included 17 pars and a bogey on the par-5 16th. He
finished at 9-under and tied for sixth with Lee Hodges.

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