Taiwan's CT Pan gets second chance to defend PGA Heritage title

Taiwan's CT Pan gets second chance to defend PGA Heritage title


Pan was greatly impressed by the safety precautions the tour had in place last week at Colonial in the first tour event back from the layoff.

“The tour has put out so much effort the last two months to create a safe environment for us to play,” Pan said. “Last week, I was totally impressed by how they do things. The testing is impressively quick and easy. The social distancing, they’re still doing that. And the grab and go meals, that’s something I suggested them to do and they said that’s great.

“I think they’re trying to follow the rules just like everyone else out there, and hopefully they will be the model for NBA and Major League Baseball to proceed to their next steps.”

Now Pan and wife-caddie Michelle drive a motorhome between events so they can avoid flying.

“My wife is on the bag this week,” Pan said. “She wasn’t here last year when I won. So I kind of told her how I played each hole and even each shot. That was really fun to go through again.”

Pan, the first Taiwanese winner on the PGA Tour since T.C. Chen took the 1987 Los Angeles Open, went 2-1 for the Internationals as they came within 16-14 before losing to the United States in last December’s Presidents Cup in Australia.

The Heritage is usually a more relaxing event played the week after the Masters just down the road from Augusta National, but a world-class field is on hand this week, including Americans Brooks Koepka, Reed and Daniel Berger, last week’s winner in Texas.