Bad golf makes it easy for C.T. Pan at RBC Heritage

Pan takes first Tour win at Harbour Town

C.T. Pan

On a Sunday afternoon of ugly golf, C.T. Pan’s performance in last year’s RBC Heritage was a thing of beauty.

In taking his first PGA Tour victory at the Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., the 28-year-old native of Taiwan played mostly bogey-free golf in the final round as he outlasted a field whose aggregate score was above par.

His only mistake came on the par-5 15th, when he shot an ugly six on what played as the third-easiest hole of the day. Later, however, he admitted he was lucky to get out with that score given the fact he hit four bad shots.

But from there, the University of Washington product managed to right himself, nailing an approach shot to within nine feet of the pin to bag a birdie on the 16th, then shooting par on the 17th and 18th. His 4-under 67 brought him in ahead of closest pursuers Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay and Shane Lowry and gave him his first Tour victory in his 79th career start. It also stood in stark contrast to 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson’s performance, when he fell apart to finish with a 77.

Pan will return to the Pete Dye-designed Harbour Town, a par-71, 7,099-yard links configuration, where he’ll defend his title from a field including Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Brandt Snedeker and Davis Love III, as the 2020 RBC Heritage airs Thursday through Sunday, June 18-21, on Golf Channel and CBS.

Full name: Pan Cheng-tsung

Birth date: Nov. 12, 1991

Birthplace: Miaoli, Taiwan

Height/weight: 5 feet 6 inches; 145 pounds

Family ties: He and wife Michelle have no children

Turned pro: 2015

PGA Tour wins: 1

Honors and achievements: Won two gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games; has two wins on the PGA Tour Canada and four wins as an amateur

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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