RBC Heritage Recap: Pan Grabs First Tour Win
RBC Heritage Recap: Pan Grabs First Tour Win

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There's something really crazy happening on Hilton Head Island. No lead is safe there. We know sports people often like to say, "No lead is a safe." It's usually hyperbole, but on Hilton Head Island, it's really true. 

For the seventh straight year, someone came from not only behind to win the RBC Heritage, but from at least two shots off the lead. Unheralded C.T. Pan overtook nine golfers either ahead of him or tied entering Sunday to win for the first time on the PGA Tour. At the top of that list was world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who began the day with the lead but stunningly ballooned to a 6-over 77 to plummet into a tie for 28th. 

Pan had come close to victory before, finishing runner-up once each the past two seasons, but there was little to suggest he was about to take the next step, the biggest step in golf: the first win. Pan did not have a top-10 all season, had not finished so much as in the top-40 in his first nine starts of 2019 and was ranked outside the top-100 in every strokes-gained category. That's why Pan was at home a week ago watching the Masters when his wife, Yingchun Lin, bluntly requested/demanded: "Hey, I'm not patient, so you better get me [to Augusta] as soon as possible." (Like any good husband, Pan listened to his wife.) 

Those numbers tell us a lot about Pan, but also about Harbour Town Golf Links,

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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