Taipei’s Pan gets first pro win in PGA’s RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Taipei’s C.T. Pan won his first professional title by shooting 4-under-par 67 in the final round of the RBC Heritage on Sunday, April 21, at Harbour Town Golf Links here.

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).

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 and two pars. His attempt on a birdie putt on the last hole clipped the cup and rolled away.

Earlier, Kuchar’s birdie putt on No. 18 made him the leader in the clubhouse.

Pan had a tie for second place in last August’s Wyndham Championship as his previous best finish on tour.

Cantlay’s 10-under left him tied for third place with Scott Piercy (69) and Shane Lowry (70).

Lowry, who was 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.

Johnson was in position for his 21st PGA Tour victory before the unexpected slide.

J.T. Poston (66) made a big move early, finishing tied for sixth at 9 under. He was joined by Ireland’s Seamus Power (67) and Kevin Streelman (68).

Sam Burns used an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to catapult into contention. But after reaching 11 under, a three-hole stretch at 3 over on the backside dropped him out of reach. He was ninth at 8 under.

Jason Kokrak also appeared on the leader board, but he ended up with a 69 after triple-bogey on the last hole. He finished 6 under.