World number one Dustin Johnson entered Sunday at the RBC Heritage with a one-shot lead, but stumbled to a Sunday 77 and finished tied for 28th. It was the third time DJ has shot 77 or worse in the final round of a PGA Tour event in which he held the 54-hole lead or co-lead (it also happened at the 2010 U.S. Open and 2017 WGC-HSBC Champions). Over the last 15 years, Johnson is the only player to do that more than once.
The winner at Hilton Head, C.T. Pan, began the final round two shots off Johnson’s lead. This was the seventh consecutive year that the winner at Harbour Town was multiple strokes back entering the final round, the longest such streak currently of any event on the PGA Tour.
Pan needed just 99 putts for the week en route to victory. While Pan putted brilliantly – he ranked fifth in the field for the week in strokes gained putting – having less than 100 putts is more a testament to Harbour Town’s tiny green sizes than making everything in sight. In the last 13 seasons, there have now been eight instances where a PGA Tour winner had fewer than 100 putts for the week (in 72-hole events). Four of them have come at Harbour Town.
With his victory, Pan joined T.C. Chen – who won in 1987 at Riviera – as the only PGA Tour winners in history from Chinese Taiwan. Pan won eight tournaments in his collegiate career – the most in the history of the University of Washington men’s golf program.
Johnson was seeking his 21st PGA Tour victory yesterday, one week after Tiger Woods claimed his 81st PGA Tour title. The last time players with 20 or more PGA Tour victories won in consecutive weeks was in 2013, when Tiger and Phil Mickelson won back-to-back.
Brooke Henderson picked up her eighth career LPGA victory Saturday at the Lotte Championship. With the win, she tied Sandra Post for most LPGA victories by a player from Canada. With her next victory, she would pass Post, George Knudson and Mike Weir for most LPGA Tour or PGA Tour wins all-time by a Canadian player.
Jordan Spieth struggled to a 74-75 weekend performance at Harbour Town and finished tied for 54th. The former world number one and three-time major champion will try to shore up his driving before the season’s next major: of the 209 players with enough rounds to officially qualify on the PGA Tour, Spieth is currently 202nd in strokes gained off-the-tee.
The European Tour returns to Morocco this week with the Trophee Hassan II. Since becoming an official European Tour event in 2010, the tournament has been won by nine different players representing nine different countries. Before becoming part of the European Tour, the event was won notably by Billy Casper, Lee Trevino, Vijay Singh, Payne Stewart, Nick Price, Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els.
Matt Kuchar finished runner-up Sunday at Harbour Town, his fourth top-two finish on the PGA Tour this season, tying a career-high (2013). Kuchar now leads the PGA Tour in earnings and FedExCup points, is second in greens in regulation and fifth in scoring average.
Scott McCarron won on the PGA Tour Champions, taking the Mitsubishi Electric Classic by two shots. McCarron now has nine PGA Tour Champions wins since 2016 began. Only Bernhard Langer, with 14 wins, has been more prolific during that span.