RBC Heritage - R4

CT Pan wins first PGA title

April 18-21
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head, South Carolina
$6,900,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Taiwan’s Cheng Tsung Pan held off Americans Matt Kuchar and Patrick Cantlay to win his first US PGA Tour title on Sunday, capturing the Heritage tournament by one stroke.


Pan fired a final-round four-under par 67 at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina, to finish 72 holes on 12-under 272 with Kuchar second on 273 and Cantlay, American Scott Piercy and Ireland’s Shane Lowry another stroke adrift.

“Dream come true,” Pan said. “It’s something when I was younger I always dreamed of. It just means everything to have a win on the PGA Tour.

“It means the world to me. I’m really happy I finally did it.”

The victory brought Pan, ranked 113th in the world, tour status through the 2020-21 campaign as well as berths in his first Masters next year and his first PGA Championship next month at Bethpage Black.

Pan’s breakthrough came in his 79th tour event after only seven prior top-10 finishes. He had twice been a runner-up, sharing second in 2017 at Torrey Pines and 2018 at Greensboro.

Pan, 27, played at the University of Washington and spent eight weeks in 2013 as the world’s top-ranked amateur golfer.

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In 2014, Pan won team and individual gold medals at the Incheon Asian Games.

Pan’s wife Michelle was not with him, instead hosting junior golfers from his homeland at an event in Houston where college recruiters could see them play.

Pan won a back-nine shootout after 54-hole leaders faded early.

After sinking a tense nine-footer for par at the opening hole, Pan dropped his approach inches from the cup at the par-5 fifth and tapped in for birdie to join a pack on 9-under.

Pan charged into the lead alone with a five-foot birdie putt to close the front nine, a 10-foot birdie putt to open the back nine and a seven-footer for birdie at the par-4 12th to reach 12-under.

When Lowry made double bogey moments later at the 12th, Pan had opened a two-stroke lead on Kuchar and a three-shot edge on everyone else.

Kuchar answered with a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-5 15th.

Pan then sent his tee shot at 15 into trees right of the fairway and his third into a greenside bunker on the way to a bogey that left him level for the lead with Kuchar.

“I hit four bad shots and I got away with a bogey,” Pan said. “I knew I had to get more birdies coming in to make sure I had the W.”


Kuchar made bogey at the par-3 17th, finding a bunker and missing an 11-foot par putt to leave Pan alone atop the leaderboard again.

Cantlay birdied the par-3 14th and 15 to match Pan for the lead, but Pan answered the challenge by dropping his approach at the 16th to eight feet and making the birdie putt to lead alone at 12-under.

Kuchar sank an eight-foot birdie at 18 to seize the clubhouse lead at 11-under 273.

Again Pan responded, blasting out of a bunker at the par-3 17th to three feet and sinking the tense par putt to remain on top heading to the 18th tee.

Pan put his approach 18 feet from the cup and lipped out on his birdie putt before tapping in for par to stay one ahead with Cantlay and Lowry yet to finish.

Cantlay missed the green with his approach at 18 and spun his birdie chip past the hole to doom his bid and Lowry missed a 30-foot birdie putt at 17 and with his approach at 18 to give Pan the victory.

World number one Dustin Johnson, who shared second last week at the Masters, led by a stroke when the day began but fired a 77 to share 28th on 280.

“Congrats to C.T. Pan for finishing off strong like that. These were some tough holes here,” Kuchar said. “It was a great run. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to get into contention on that back nine.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-12
71
65
69
67
272
2
Matt Kuchar
USA
-11
69
69
68
67
273
T3
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-10
67
72
66
69
274
T3
Scott Piercy
USA
-10
67
70
68
69
274
T3
Shane Lowry
IRL
-10
65
68
71
70
274
T6
J. T. Poston
USA
-9
71
71
67
66
275
T6
Seamus Power
IRL
-9
68
72
68
67
275
T6
Kevin Streelman
USA
-9
69
69
69
68
275
9
Sam Burns
USA
-8
67
70
69
70
276
T10
Kevin Na
USA
-7
67
72
71
67
277
T10
Troy Merritt
USA
-7
69
67
72
69
277
T10
Michael Thompson
USA
-7
68
71
69
69
277
T10
K. J. Choi
KOR
-7
70
66
69
72
277
T10
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-7
67
69
68
73
277
T10
Ian Poulter
ENG
-7
70
67
67
73
277
T16
Brian Stuard
USA
-6
68
70
72
68
278
T16
Zach Johnson
USA
-6
69
69
72
68
278
T16
Jason Kokrak
USA
-6
69
68
72
69
278
T16
Joel Dahmen
USA
-6
70
68
71
69
278
T16
Peter Malnati
USA
-6
67
72
69
70
278
T16
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
71
69
68
70
278
T16
Webb Simpson
USA
-6
69
73
65
71
278
T16
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-6
68
69
70
71
278
T16
Trey Mullinax
USA
-6
66
68
71
73
278
T25
Harris English
USA
-5
72
69
69
69
279
T25
Boo Weekley
USA
-5
69
70
70
70
279
T25
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
71
68
70
70
279
T28
Ryan Palmer
USA
-4
66
71
74
69
280
T28
Alexander Noren
SWE
-4
67
74
67
72
280
T28
Chez Reavie
USA
-4
68
71
68
73
280
T28
J. J. Spaun
USA
-4
70
69
68
73
280
T28
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
68
67
68
77
280
T33
Hudson Swafford
USA
-3
68
74
71
68
281
T33
Andrew Landry
USA
-3
69
71
73
68
281
T33
Luke Donald
ENG
-3
70
70
69
72
281
T33
Denny McCarthy
USA
-3
70
68
70
73
281
T33
Daniel Berger
USA
-3
66
69
72
74
281
T33
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-3
68
67
70
76
281
T39
Bud Cauley
USA
-2
69
72
72
69
282
T39
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-2
71
71
68
72
282
T41
Ryan Moore
USA
-1
66
74
72
71
283
T41
Luke List
USA
-1
66
73
73
71
283
T41
Danny Lee
NZL
-1
72
69
70
72
283
T41
Kevin Kisner
USA
-1
71
68
72
72
283
T45
Patton Kizzire
USA
Par
72
69
71
72
284
T45
Billy Horschel
USA
Par
67
70
72
75
284
T45
Charley Hoffman
USA
Par
68
69
70
77
284
T48
Jonathan Byrd
USA
1
68
73
73
71
285
T48
Adam Hadwin
CAN
1
71
69
74
71
285
T48
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
1
70
69
74
72
285
T48
Graeme McDowell
NIR
1
68
71
73
73
285
T48
Brandt Snedeker
USA
1
71
71
69
74
285
T48
Scott Stallings
USA
1
70
69
71
75
285
T54
Wyndham Clark
USA
2
70
69
78
69
286
T54
Brandon Harkins
USA
2
71
67
74
74
286
T54
Jordan Spieth
USA
2
71
66
74
75
286
T54
Brian Gay
USA
2
71
68
71
76
286
T58
Marc Leishman
AUS
3
70
69
77
71
287
T58
Richy Werenski
USA
3
74
68
74
71
287
T58
Nick Taylor
CAN
3
72
70
68
77
287
T61
Branden Grace
RSA
4
70
72
75
71
288
T61
Scott Langley
USA
4
68
74
75
71
288
T63
Ryan Armour
USA
5
72
69
74
74
289
T63
Xander Schauffele
USA
5
71
70
73
75
289
T63
Jason Dufner
USA
5
73
69
71
76
289
T63
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
5
70
70
72
77
289
T67
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
7
73
69
77
72
291
T67
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
7
73
68
76
74
291
T67
Cody Gribble
USA
7
72
69
73
77
291
70
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
16
73
68
77
82
300
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
1
69
74
143
CUT
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
1
70
73
143
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Colt Knost
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Ernie Els
RSA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Peter Uihlein
USA
1
75
68
143
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
1
73
70
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
1
71
72
143
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
2
72
72
144
CUT
Adam Schenk
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Austin Cook
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
74
70
144
CUT
Harold Varner III
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
2
75
69
144
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
69
75
144
CUT
Mark Anderson
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Martin Kaymer
GER
2
72
72
144
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
73
71
144
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Charles Howell III
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
76
69
145
CUT
Martin Laird
SCO
3
74
71
145
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
3
71
74
145
CUT
Sam Saunders
USA
3
73
72
145
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
3
69
76
145
CUT
Abraham Ancer
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Adam Long
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Anirban Lahiri
IND
4
72
74
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
72
74
146
CUT
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
4
74
72
146
CUT
Francesco Molinari
ITA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
4
70
76
146
CUT
John Augenstein
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Harding
RSA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Lucas Glover
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Ray Franz Jr.
USA
4
76
70
146
CUT
Ryan Blaum
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
4
72
74
146
CUT
Cameron Champ
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
5
73
74
147
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
5
72
75
147
CUT
Scott Brown
USA
5
77
70
147
CUT
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
5
73
74
147
CUT
D. J. Trahan
USA
6
71
77
148
CUT
Tyler Duncan
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Beau Hossler
USA
7
76
73
149
CUT
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
7
74
75
149
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Matt Wallace
ENG
7
75
74
149
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
7
74
75
149
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
8
76
74
150
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
8
76
74
150
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
13
82
73
155
DSQ
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
Par
73
77
150
RET
Bill Haas
USA
Par
73
73
RET
Sam Ryder
USA
Par
0
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