C.T. Pan, the 27-year-old golfer from Miaoli Country, Taiwan (who currently resides in Bellevue, Washington) has won the RBC Heritage Classic. Congratulations are in order, as this is Pan’s first win on the PGA Tour. He definitely saw some ups and downs this week, but eventually evened out his play and remained focused on Sunday. A feat many golfers could not accomplish. Let’s take a quick look at his four rounds. At the end of day one, Pan sat at even which put him seven strokes below the front runner. However, on day two despite the rough weather, he was able to birdie holes 2, 5, 6, 9, 11, and 15 to finish at 6 under (-6). His play was highly inconstant on day three when he recorded birdie, eagle, bogey, double bogey, birdie, birdie, bogey, bogey on his first eight holes. Miraculously, he was able to finish the day at two under, raising his total score to eight under (-8). On the final day, he overcame adversity to finish at 12 under (-12) and defeat Matt Kuchar (-11), who was looking for his second RBC Heritage Classic win as well as Shane Lowry (-10) who was leading throughout most of the tournament. Along with the Trophy and the Plaid Jacket, Pan earns $1,242,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points.
Where My Picks Placed:
- Dustin Johnson finished T28 at -4
- Francesco Molinari missed cut
- Xander Schauffele finished T63 at +5
- Matt Kuchar finished 2nd at -11
- Bryson DeChambeau missed cut
- Charlie Hoffman finished T45 at E
- Tommy Fleetwood finished T25 at -5
- Jim Furyk missed cut
- Ian Poulter finished T10 at -7
- Marc Leishman finished T58 at +3
Final Thoughts On My Picks:
Kuchar has an awesome show up and you can’t be disappointed with Poulter’s performance either. Dustin Johnson seemed like a definite contender for the length of the tournament until Sunday’s performance beginning at hole 11. He had bogeys on 11, 12 and 13. The went on to double bogey 14 and 15 which ended his chances at the RBC Classic. Hoffman was also an early contender on Thursday and Friday but could not play consistently throughout the weekend. I was extremely surprised by the poor performance of Molinari, DeChambeau, and Furyk. My hope was that Molinari and DeChambeau, two stellar golfers with solid play as of late, could ride their Masters success and rise further at an event with an easier field of golfers. As for Furyk, it’s disappointing to see someone who has won the event twice in the past miss the cut for the weekend.
Our next stop on the PGA Tour will be the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, a two player team formatted event. The Zurich Classic begins on Thursday, April 25th. Look out for an article on this event coming early in the week.
Sources: Dates, standings, and league info taken from pgatour.com
Photo Source: Scott Eklund/ Red Box Pictures
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