‘They Wanted Me to…’ Ben Griffin Nearly Breaks Down as Luke List Thrashes Him in One of Golf’s Most Bizzare Moment

Published 10/08/2023, 9:28 PM EDT

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Tensions were high in the golf world as the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship took place at the Country Club of Jackson. All eyes were on the top players of the leaderboard, including Ben Griffin, as the climax reached its peak on the fourth day.

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But his fine run at the championship came to an end as Griffin failed to capitalize on his amazing start to clinch a victory. What’s more, his defeat to Luke List saw him get emotional as he took to an interview to convey his thoughts regarding the loss, leaving many to sympathize with him!

Ben Griffin breaks down after his loss to Luke List

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The final day saw an intense competition of sorts as five golfers including the duo tied for the first spot scoring 18-under 270. But even so, in a playoff hole at the 18th, only one emerged victorious as List came out on top scoring 3, a stroke less than his peers, all the while taking home a cut of $1,476,000.

Meanwhile, Griffin was almost in tears as he took to an interview post the final round. When asked about what it means to have his family here during the moment of loss, the American expressed how it was an emotional affair while pointing out how “they wanted him (Griffin) to win more than he probably wanted to.”

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Adding to his response, the golf pro conveyed how “it’s just a bummer” that he was unable to win the tournament in the end. Nevertheless, the PGA Tour pro made sure to mention how happy he was that his family was in his life as he expressed how grateful the 27-year-old was for them to have his back.

 

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The American expressed his determination as he also indicated how he would be back as a golfer soon. Well, one can’t help but believe him as the professional boasts of a similar story in his past.

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The golfer, at the age of 24, felt that it was time to hang up his coat and leave his clubs after being unable to qualify for the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour. He went ahead to take a test and became a loan officer at the CIMG Residential Mortgage in Chapel Hill, N.C. But, fate had other plans for the ex-pro.

He met a man named Doug Sied, who would turn out to be a pushing force behind him getting back to the game. A practice round with Sied convinced him to financially back the golfer up for his dream. Although he didn’t initially agree, the athlete did give in to his ambition. The rest is history, as the golfer went ahead to qualify for the Korn Ferry Tour and subsequently graduated to the PGA Tour.

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Allan Abe is a fresh golf writer at EssentiallySports. Tiger Woods was the golfer who inspired him into the sport, and he lives by what the legend once said, "No matter how good your get, you can always get better." Allan extends his love for golf by indulging in a little gaming in his free time, with PGA Tour 2K21 being his go to.
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