C.T. Pan earns first PGA Tour victory at RBC Heritage; Dustin Johnson falls apart

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C.T. Pan earns first PGA Tour victory at RBC Heritage; Dustin Johnson falls apart

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C.T. Pan earns first PGA Tour victory at RBC Heritage; Dustin Johnson falls apart

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C.T. Pan earned his first PGA Tour victory Sunday at the RBC Heritage at Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The 27-year-old native of Taiwan closed out an impressive weekend with a 4-under 67 to win at 12 under, beating the likes of former Heritage champion Matt Kuchar, who also shot 67 Sunday, and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who entered Sunday with a one-shot lead before falling apart on the back nine. Johnson made three consecutive bogeys followed by two double bogeys en route to a 77 and a T-28 finish.

LEADERBOARD: RBC Heritage

Pan has struggled through 14 PGA Tour events this season, missing four cuts and finishing in the top 25 just three times. His previous best finish was T-16 in November at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

In the last two months, he missed three cuts in five events, logging T-72 and T-42 finishes in consecutive tournaments at the Players Championship and Valspar Championship, respectively.

Pan headed to the practice range after his round to keep ready in case of a playoff, then raised his arms in triumph when told he’d won. He earned $1,242,000, a PGA Tour exemption through 2020-21 and spots in next month’s PGA Championship and next year’s Masters.

Pan is the RBC Heritage’s fourth straight first-time winner.

Kuchar finished solo second at 11 under, followed by Patrick Cantlay, Scott Piercy and Shane Lowry at 10 under.


 

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