Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung held off Us residents Matt Kuchar and Patrick Cantlay to get his 1st US PGA Tour title on Sunday, capturing the Heritage event by just one stroke.
Pan fired a closing-spherical 4-underneath par 67 at Harbour City in Hilton Head, South Carolina, to end 72 holes on 12-underneath 272 with Kuchar 2nd on 273 and Cantlay, American Scott Piercy and Ireland’s Shane Lowry a different stroke adrift.
“Dream arrive correct,” Pan claimed. “It’s anything when I was more youthful I constantly dreamed of. It just usually means every little thing to have a get on the PGA Tour.
“It usually means the planet to me. I’m seriously content I eventually did it.”
The victory introduced Pan, rated 113th in the planet, tour position by way of the 2020-21 marketing campaign as very well as berths in his 1st Masters future yr and his 1st PGA Championship future thirty day period at Bethpage Black.
Pan’s breakthrough arrived in his 79th tour function right after only 7 prior major-10 finishes. He experienced 2 times been a runner-up, sharing 2nd in 2017 at Torrey Pines and 2018 at Greensboro.
Pan, 27, performed at the College of Washington and expended 8 months in 2013 as the world’s major-rated beginner golfer.
In 2014, Pan gained crew and person gold medals at the Incheon Asian Online games. Pan’s spouse Michelle was not with him, as an alternative web hosting junior golfers from his homeland at an function in Houston wherever college or university recruiters could see them perform.
Pan gained a again-9 shootout right after 54-gap leaders pale early. Right after sinking a tense 9-footer for par at the opening gap, Pan dropped his method inches from the cup at the par-five fifth and tapped in for birdie to be part of a pack on nine-underneath.
Pan billed into the guide on your own with a 5-foot birdie putt to shut the entrance 9, a 10-foot birdie putt to open up the again 9 and a 7-footer for birdie at the par-four 12th to attain 12-underneath.
When Lowry produced double bogey times afterwards at the 12th, Pan experienced opened a two-stroke guide on Kuchar and a a few-shot edge on anyone else.
Kuchar answered with a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-five 15th. Pan then despatched his tee shot at 15 into trees appropriate of the fairway and his 3rd into a greenside bunker on the way to a bogey that remaining him amount for the guide with Kuchar.
“I strike 4 terrible photographs and I obtained absent with a bogey,” Pan claimed. “I understood I experienced to get a lot more birdies coming in to make confident I experienced the W.” Kuchar produced bogey at the par-three 17th, obtaining a bunker and lacking an 11-foot par putt to go away Pan on your own atop the leaderboard yet again.
Cantlay birdied the par-three 14th and 15 to match Pan for the guide, but Pan answered the obstacle by dropping his method at the 16th to 8 toes and earning the birdie putt to guide on your own at 12-underneath.
Kuchar sank an 8-foot birdie at 18 to seize the clubhouse guide at 11-underneath 273.
All over again Pan responded, blasting out of a bunker at the par-three 17th to a few toes and sinking the tense par putt to stay on major heading to the 18th tee.
Pan set his method 18 toes from the cup and lipped out on his birdie putt right before tapping in for par to remain just one forward with Cantlay and Lowry nonetheless to end.
Cantlay skipped the inexperienced with his method at 18 and spun his birdie chip previous the gap to doom his bid and Lowry skipped a 30-foot birdie putt at 17 and with his method at 18 to give Pan the victory.
“Congrats to C.T. Pan for ending off potent like that. These have been some hard holes right here,” Kuchar claimed. “It was a good operate. I just can’t notify you how significantly exciting it was to get into rivalry on that again 9.”
Globe variety just one Dustin Johnson, who shared 2nd previous 7 days at the Masters, led by a stroke when the working day commenced but fired a 77 to share 28th on 280.