Soak up all the carbs you can, the bread man is in business! C. T. Pan came from two shots back and won his first career PGA Tour event at the RBC Heritage on Sunday. We also had a four-hole playoff on the Web.com and a back-to-back champion on the LPGA Tour.
Let’s Get This Bread
C. T. Pan won the RBC Heritage by one shot over Matt Kuchar on Sunday. The 27 year-old posted a 67 from the fourth-to-last group and watched as his score held up against those behind him. RBC Heritage Leaderboard
Pan did not have a top 10 in 2019, but he has been trending the right direction throughout his career. He was a stud at the University of Washington, breezed through the Mackenzie Tour, won on the Web.com, and has been a solid performer on the PGA Tour for the past three years. C. T.’s win won’t come as a surprise to those who have been following him from the beginning, and he is just starting to hit his stride.
It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Matt Kuchar is currently the front runner for Player of the Year. Yes, there are still three majors to play, but Kuchar’s form this season has been nothing short of exceptional. He shot a final-round 67 at Harbour Town Golf Links to capture a solo runner-up, his fourth top-two finish of the season. Tack on three other top 12s, and it’s clear that Kuch is having the best season of his career.
The final group of Dustin Johnson (77) and Ian Poulter (73) combined to shoot 150 on Sunday. DJ teed off with the lead, but three bogeys and two doubles in a five-hole stretch sent him plummeting down the leaderboard. Poulter got off to a slow start and was never able to recover. Winning on the PGA Tour is hard, and these two world-class players proved that this weekend.
Fresh off his strong performance at the Masters, Patrick Cantlay played his way to a T-3 finish at Harbour Town. He now has six top 10s on the season and is due for a victory in the near future.
Young guns J. T. Poston and Sam Burns each earned top 10s this week. Both players are in the midst of solid seasons but are still searching for their first career win.
Sweet Home Lanto
Lanto Griffin outlasted Robby Shelton in a four-hole playoff to win the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Championship this weekend. Griffin came up big with a 72nd-hole birdie to force the playoff, and he won with a birdie in extras. He played on the PGA Tour last season but missed 50% of his cuts and had to return to the Web.com this year. This victory doesn’t lock up a return to the big show, but it will go a long way for his chances.
Robby Shelton played outstanding golf this weekend. The University of Alabama product shot out to the lead on Thursday but got run down by Griffin. This is Shelton’s third top 25 on the young season, and he has moved to 12th in the season-long points race. RTJ Trail Championship Leaderboard
If it ain’t Brooke, don’t fix it
Brooke Henderson defended her title in the Aloha State with a win at the Lotte Championship. The young Canadian coasted to a three-shot victory on Saturday, her 8th LPGA win, which ties her for the most professional wins by any Canadian golfer. Eun-Hee Ji, Ariya Jutanugarn, Danielle Kang, and Minjee Lee were all in the top 5. Leaderboard
Scott McCarron won on the Champions Tour this weekend. After jumping out to the first-round lead, McCarron went on to win wire-to-wire. Leaderboard
Tiger went to the Woods donning his Green Jacket, a dri fit and some Raiders shorts.
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After a brief diversion on Easter candy, Andy and Brendan return from the weekend to run through the results from the golf world. They get into C.T. Pan’s big win at the Heritage, DJ’s staggering implosion on the back nine, and Rory Sabbatini’s Sunday fade. The Sabbatini contention brings us to a possible scandal revealed on the coverage over the weekend and has us questioning whether his decision to become Slovakian came from pure intentions. On the Champions Tour, we discuss the two MLB pitchers that made starts at TPC Sugarloaf with limited success. Then we get to the matter of Tiger rolling out to The Woods in mesh shorts and his dri-fit gear. We wrap with a Sunday Scaries segment that suddenly dives down a rabbit hole on the life and times of Larry Nelson, war hero and three-time major champion. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify