HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Former Washington Huskies standout C.T. Pan watched the Masters last week with his wife, and sometimes caddie, Yingchun Lin, thrilled by Tiger Woods’ stirring victory at Augusta National.

His wife, Pan recalled, told him: “Hey, I’m not patient, so you better get me (to Augusta) as soon as possible.”

Pan complied quickly, taking advantage of top-ranked Dustin Johnson’s back-nine meltdown Sunday to win the RBC Heritage for his first PGA Tour victory.

Along with $1.242 million, the victory opens a world of opportunities for the 27-year-old from Taiwan: He’s exempt on Tour through 2020-21, in line to make the Presidents Cup International team   this year and will have an opportunity to compete in the Masters.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Pan said at Harbour Town.

Pan shot a 4-under-par 67 to finish at 12-under 272, a stroke ahead of Matt Kuchar (67).


“It’s still really hard for me to believe,” said Pan, who usually was referred to as Cheng-Tsung Pan during his UW days. “I’m processing. My phone has been vibrating the last 10 minutes. I’m so happy I finally got it done.”

Pan has been a runner-up twice in PGA Tour events, once at the Farmers Insurance Open in 2017 and last year at the Wyndham Championship.

Johnson, the third-round leader in his home-state event, had a 77 to tie for 28th at 4 under. He played a five-hole stretch on the back nine in 7 over, making bogeys on Nos. 11-13 and double bogeys on Nos. 14-15.

Johnson’s frustrations were in full display on the par-4 13th when his approach went into the bunker, a foot or so from the wooden-board facing. He barely got the ball out, shook his head and tossed his wedge down against his bag.

Pan took the lead for good with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th hole.

His tee shot into the bunker on the par-3 17th was followed by a sand shot  with his 64-degree wedge to 5 feet to set up a par.


Pan had 174 yards to the green for his second shot on the par-4 closing hole and put the ball 18 feet from the cup; he narrowly missed the birdie putt.

Pan’s wife was key to his playing in the RBC Heritage. He had planned to attend a junior event in Houston he helped organize. But she told him to get back to work and let her handle things in Texas.

“Just listen to your wife,” Pan said. “And you will have a good life. She’s right, always.”

As for two other former UW players, Joel Dahmen (69) tied for 16th at 6 under and Nick Taylor (77) tied for 58th at 3 over.

Ryan Moore (71) of Puyallup tied for 41st at 1 under.