2023 Sanderson Farms Championship Luke List upsets Aberg

2023 Sanderson Farms Championship: Luke List upsets Aberg

Luke List Prevails Over Upstart Ludvig Aberg and Three Others at the 2023 Sanderson Farms Championship

Ben Griffin opened the door for Luke List and three others at the Country Club of Jackson, Mississippi, on Sunday, and List barged through it on the first playoff hole.

Griffin, who went into Sunday’s final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship with the lead, struggled down the stretch. His two-shot lead with three holes to play dwindled to one. Even so, he had an 8-foot putt on the 18th hole to win the championship.

Griffin missed. That set off a five-way playoff for the win. It was one off the record of six, which has been done twice.

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On the first playoff hole, List drilled a 45-footer for birdie shortly after Griffin missed his 35-foot birdie try. No other golfer could match List’s birdie, giving him his second win on the PGA Tour.

“It’s been a full roller coaster,” List said. “I hung in there. I didn’t think (my 2-under 70) was going to be enough, but here we are. It’s been a crazy 20 minutes.

“Just to have the opportunity to get in a playoff, I felt like, ‘Wow, okay, this is a gift.’ Then my mindset switched into, ‘Okay, let’s try to make a birdie any way I could.’ I told my caddie, ‘I’m making this,’ and somehow, it rolled in.” 

List’s first win came in February 2022 at Torrey Pines, but he hadn’t recorded a top-10 finish since. He tumbled to 119th in the FedEx Cup points before this week after taking time off to nurse some injuries over the summer.

Now in the new FedEx Cup Fall format, he’s again qualified for The Masters and all of 2024’s Signature Events on the PGA Tour.

Griffin’s 2-over 74 prevented him from earning his first-career win, but he is up to 63rd in FedEx Cup points, which puts him in the running to play in some early-season Signature Events in ’24.

“It’s a bummer,” Griffin said. “I thought I was going to still be able to get it done today.”

Besides Griffin, the other three playoff participants were Scott Stallings and Swedes Henrik Norlander and Ludvig Aberg. The latter was a part of last week’s European Ryder Cup team win and just turned pro in June. He won his second event on the DP World Tour and nearly get a PGA Tour win under his belt too after shooting a 68 that got him to an 18-under 270 on the leaderboard.

“To be fair, I thought whenever I was on the golf course that 18 (under) wasn’t going to make it,” Aberg said. “It ended up the way it did, and I was very fortunate for that. But congrats to Luke for that last putt. It was unbelievable. Kudos to him.”

Following the five-way tie, Mark Hubbard, Carl Yuan, and Christiaan Bezuidenhout tied for sixth at -17, just one shot off a share of the lead. C.T. Pan, Troy Merritt, and Cameron Champ tied for ninth at -16.

Up Next

The PGA Tour heads to Las Vegas for the Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin. Tom Kim comes in as the defending champion, and he will face a field that includes Aberg and LPGA star Lexi Thompson, who received a sponsor’s exemption into the event to become the eighth woman to play a PGA Tour event. 

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