No repeat for Taiwanese golfer at scene of only PGA title

06/22/2020 05:54 PM
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Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) / CNA file photo
Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) / CNA file photo

Taipei, June 22 (CNA) Taiwan's Pan Cheng-tsung (潘政琮) on Sunday fell well short of defending his title at the RBC Heritage golf tournament in South Carolina, finishing tied for 52nd at 9-under-par 275, 13 shots behind winner Webb Simpson of the United States.

Pan entered the final round eight shots behind four players, including Simpson, who were tied for the lead at 15-under-par, but he seemed to be making a run after birdieing three straight holes on the front nine.

A bogey on the par-4 ninth and a double bogey on the par-3 14th, however, dashed any hopes Pan might have had of a higher finish, and he finished the day with a 2-under 69.

Simpson won the tournament at 22-under, with Mexican Abraham Ancer finishing second at 21-under and American Daniel Berger and Tyrrell Hatton of England ending tied for third at 20-under.

Pan won his first PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage in April 2019 when he edged out American Matt Kuchar by one shot with a 12-under 272.

This year's tournament was played without fans because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The RBC Heritage, known for much of its history as the Heritage Classic or simply the Heritage, is a PGA Tour event first played 51 years ago in 1969.

(By Huang Chiao-wen and Ko Lin)

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