C.T. Pan had competed among leaders on the final day of tournaments in the past, but finishing the task made Sunday’s outing in the RBC Heritage particularly rewarding.
“It just means a lot to me to have a win on the PGA Tour,” Pan said. “It means everything to me.”
Pan, who’s from Taipei, won his first PGA Tour title by shooting 4-under-par 67 in the final round at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C.
Pan finished at 12-under 272, avoiding many of the late-round snags that tripped other contenders, giving him a one-shot victory over Matt Kuchar (67).
“I’ve been working so hard for this moment,” Pan said.
Pan, 27, had a tie for second place in last August’s Wyndham Championship and a tie for second place in the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open as previous best finishes on tour. He played college golf for the Unviersity of Washington.
Pan is the second golfer from Taipei to win on the PGA Tour. T.C. Chen won the Genesis Open in 1987.
It marks the fourth year in a row that the RBC Heritage winner is a first-time champion on tour.
Patrick Cantlay needed a birdie on the final hole to forge a playoff, but he ended up with a bogey and a round of 69.
Pan bogeyed the 15th hole before finishing his round with a birdie on a 9-foot putt on No. 16 and two pars. His attempt on a birdie putt on the last hole — that would have provided a two-shot lead — clipped the cup and rolled away.
The victory guarantees Pan a spot in next month’s PGA Championship.
Earlier, Kuchar’s birdie putt on No. 18 made him the leader in the clubhouse.
“To get in the mix, to have a chance was a lot of fun,” said Kuchar, the tournament’s 2014 champion.
Cantlay’s 10-under left him tied for third place with Scott Piercy (69) and Shane Lowry (70).
Cantlay also was in the mix a week earlier on the final day of the Masters.
“Playing that well on the weekend is obviously huge,” Cantlay said. “I feel like I usually play well and close strong.”
Lowry, the leader after the first two rounds, was aiming for his second PGA Tour victory.
Third-round leader Dustin Johnson, who holds the No. 1 world ranking, was a home-state favorite, but he faded with a 7-over stretch on Nos. 11-15. He finished his round of 77 with a birdie, tying for 28th at 4 under.
McCarron tops in Champions event
Scott McCarron overcame a rocky start Sunday to post a wire-to-wire win by two shots at the Champions Tour’s Mitsubishi Electric Classic in Duluth, Ga.
McCarron, 53, fired a final-round 1-under 71 and finished at 7-under 209 at TPC Sugarloaf, the site of his last two PGA Tour titles.
He beat out a foursome of players two shots back, including Jerry Kelly (67), Joe Durant (69), Kirk Triplett (69) and Kent Jones (69). “To win here at a golf course that I’ve won twice at on the regular tour ... it’s a place I love,” said McCarron.
who started the day with a three-shot lead. “It was a tough start today, but I really hung in there and I’m really happy with the victory.”
McCarron saw his lead dissipate after opening with a roller-coaster bogey-birdie-double bogey start, but a birdie at the fourth helped settle the California native, who proceeded to card eight straight pars. He regained the lead by one with a two-putt birdie on 13 after driving the green at the 281-yard par 4, then made a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 15 to build a two-shot lead.
The win marked McCarron’s ninth PGA Tour Champions victory and first s