HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) C.T. Pan took advantage of Dustin Johnson"s back-nine meltdown to win the RBC Heritage for his first PGA Tour victory.
The 27-year-old Pan, from Taiwan, closed with a 4-under 67 on Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links for a one-stroke victory over Matt Kuchar. Pan finished at 12-under 272.
The top-ranked 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 in 7 over, making bogeys on Nos. 11-13 and double bogeys on Nos. 14-15.
Pan took the lead for good with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th.
Kuchar closed with a 67.
Pan headed to the practice range after the round to keep ready in case of a playoff, then raised his arms in triumph when told he"d won. He earned $1,242,000, a PGA Tour exemption through 2020-21 and spots in next month"s PGA Championship and next year"s Masters. He"s the RBC Heritage"s fourth straight first-time winner.
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