History prevailed again at the 51st RBC Heritage at Harbour Town. Irmo’s Dustin Johnson, the world’s #1 ranked golfer, became the seventh straight third round leader to lose his grasp on the tournament and fall to the wayside. Stepping into the void was Taiwan native CT Pan who claimed his first PGA Tour win with a final round four under 67.
Matt Kuchar, playing ahead of Pan, posted an 11 under score and had to hope that would hold up. But Pan. who began the day at eight under, bounced back from a bogey on #15 with a birdie on #16 to get to -12. He made a three-foot putt for a sand save on #17. And then on #18, Pan landed his approach to within 18 feet of the pin and calmly two putted for his 12 under score.
Pan went from the 18th green to the practice tee just in case someone behind him caught him. Patrick Cantlay was the only one to reach the 18th green with a chance to tie, but he bogeyed to finish at 10 under and in a three-way tie for third.
As for Johnson, he imploded on the back nine. He made the turn as he started the day at ten under and very much in the hunt. But he bogeyed #11, #12 and #13, and double-bogeyed the next two holes. He played that five hole stretch at seven over and dropped back to minus three. He did manage to birdie the 18th and finish tied for 28th.
CT Pan post-round press conference