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By : BGA Proshop
C.T Pan wins his first career victory at RBC Heritage shooting a final round 67 to hold off Matt Kuchar.
Pan almost did not start at the RBC Heritage but a lacklustre result on Tour of late and his wife and part time caddy, Michelle encouraged him to go tee it up and lucky he did.
Having played the American Junior Golf Association from 2007 for 4 years, Pan was excited to put on the first C.T Pan Junior Championship back home in Houston. The problem was that the tournament was scheduled for the same week of the PBC Heritage hence the reason for Pan almost not teeing it up. Michelle assured him that she would look after the tournament while he was playing which turn out to be a great decision.
“Just listen to your wife and you will have a good life,” Pan said
Pan started the final round pretty slowly but got going in the middle of the front nine with birdies on the 5th and 9th hole. He then birdied the 10th and 12th to find himself close to the leader but stumbled with a bogey on the 15th and he was tied in the lead with Kuchar. Pan bounced back with a birdie on the 16th which got him to 12 under and had to wait for the rest of the field before being named the winner of the RBC Heritage.
“It definitely changed my perception on the last couple of holes down the stretch of what I should do,” he said. “The last three holes I would say I played really well here, a lot of good shots just because I told myself I need to focus on the details, the little things, and just stay in present. …
“And that’s how I snuck on the leaderboard,” said Pan, who moves to No. 26 in the FedExCup standings with the win. “And I’m just happy I executed my strategy very well there.”
Another interesting fact is that Pan is currently playing irons and wedges without compensation. Generally on the PGA Tour sponsors cannot wait to sign you up to their equipment but after Nike walked away from the hard-goods business at the end of 2016, Pan decided to remain a free agent with his irons and wedges.
Here’s a look at Pan’s entire equipment setup:
Driver: Titleist TS2 (Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Blue 6X shaft), 9.5 degrees
3wood-: Titleist TS3 (Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro 70 shaft) 16.5 degrees
Irons: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (2-iron; Project X HZRDUS Red 85 shaft), Titleist 718 T-MB (4-iron; Project X 6.0 shaft), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-9; Project X 6.0 shafts), Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (46-degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52 and 62 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts), Titleist Vokey Prototype (58 degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shaft)
Putter: Scotty Cameron Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x