C.T. Pan Wins Cape Breton Celtic Classic in Overtime

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(September 13, 2015 – Ben Eion, Nova Scotia) – C.T. Pan sank a five-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Canadian Taylor Pendrith and win the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic.  The native of Taiwan and University of Washington product finished with a 72-hole total of 19-under-par 269 and the victory was his first on the Mackenzie Tour.

After each player made birdie on the first extra hole, both hit their second shots into a greenside bunker. Pan chipped out first to five feet and Pendrith followed, hitting his chip to four feet. Moments later, Pan sank his birdie putt and then watched as Pendrith’s birdie attempt slid by the right side, handing Pan the victory.

“I can’t find words to describe how I feel right now,” Pan said following his win. “It was amazing how I played my last five holes and then the two extra playoff holes. It’s been amazing.”

As the day unfolded, it appeared Pan would be in line for a nice finish, but would need something to happen for him to win the event. He was only 14-under-par after 13 holes and trailed by as much as four strokes. However, things changed at No. 14 when he hit a 3-iron to three feet and made the first of five birdies in a row.

“I told myself I really needed to start making some birdies when I got to No. 14. I knew I was about four shots back and told myself I needed some magic now,” Pan added. “After that birdie on 14, I felt really good about where my game was and I liked the pin position at No. 15 when I saw it. I made another birdie there.”

Pan added three more birdies to close out his round, including a chip-in on No. 18 from 30 feet to post the first 19-under-par score for the day.

Playing two groups behind, Pendrith’s downfall on Sunday would be his play in the par-5s. After making birdie or eagle on all the par-5s in the first three rounds, he started his day with bogeys on three of first five par-5s, including Nos. 1 and 3 early in his round. He was able to battle his way back into the mix with seven birdies later in his round , but missed a golden opportunity to close things out when he made par on the par-5 16th hole and then missed a short birdie putt at No. 17.

“I thought I hit a really good putt at No. 17 and it just went about a foot left and caught the edge and missed. I made a good putt on it. That’s the way it goes,” said Pendrith. “But I played the par-5s really bad today. If I played the par-5s like I had been, I probably would have won. I made three bogeys on them and you can’t make bogeys. I’m obviously disappointed losing in a playoff for the third time this year, but I was four-over-par through five holes early this week, and to shoot 19-under for the week is pretty good.”

This was the last week players could qualify for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship next week in London, Ontario. Among the players earning their spots in the 60-player field by their play this week were Max Gilbert, Dan McCarthy and Kyle Wilshire, while Jay Myers, Steve Carney and Daniel Bowden slipped out of the top 60. In the race for The Five, Pendrith moved into the top five, while Drew Weaver slipped from fifth to seventh.

Final Leaderboard – (Bold denotes Canadian)

1.            C.T. Pan                               67-68-68-66—269 (-19)**

                              (Won with birdie-4 on second extra hole)

2.            Taylor Pendrith              67-67-67-68—201 (-19)

3.            Mike Van Sickle                 70-64-71-65—270 (-18)

T4          Adam Svensson                              67-72-68-64—271 (-17)

               Ryan Brehm                       66-69-69-67—271 (-17)

               Daniel McCarthy                              68-67-67-69—271 (-17)

Talor Gooch                       67-68-68-68—271 (-17)

T8.          Michael Miller                   68-72-66-66—272 (-16)

               Micheal Letzig                   68-68-68-68—272 (-16)

 

NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

28: The total number of birdies by Taylor Pendrith during the week which led all players.

1: Number of bogeys for Adam Svensson over his final 39 holes.

4: The number of eagles in the event for Justin Bardgett.

15: The most difficult hole on the course for the week.

1,627: The number of birdies for the week on The Lakes GC.

Here is where the players 56-70 on the Order of Merit stood after 72 holes…top 60 will play at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship next week in London, Ontario…players in parentheses moved into top 60.

Name Finish Position Last Week Position This Week
Paul McConnell T45 56 58
James Erkenbeck T53 57 59
Jay Myers MC 58 64
Steve Carney T40 59 61
Daniel Bowden T57 60 63
David McKenzie Did not play 61 69
Nate McCoy MC 62 70
Ben Briscoe MC 63 71
Bo Hoag T33 64 68
Matt Hansen T28 65 67
Jonathan Khan MC 66 74
Kyle Wilshire T10 67 (54)
Mike Ballo, Jr. T53 68 73
Max Gilbert T10 69 (55)
Matt Harmon T33 70 72
Dan McCarthy T4 88 (51)

Where the Top 10 players on the Order of Merit currently stood after 72 holes…

Player Finish Position Last Week Position This Week
J.J. Spaun T28 1 1
Sam Ryder MC 2 3
Albin Choi T28 3 5
C.T. Pan 1 4 2
Drew Weaver MC 5 7
Michael Letzig T8 6 6
Kevin Spooner MC 7 8
Christopher Ross MC 8 10
Brad Clapp T40 9 11
Taylor Pendrith 2 10 4
Adam Svensson T4 11 8

QUOTABLES:

“I set a couple of goals at the start of the year and I’m on the way there. I always have really high standards for myself and I’m still working hard and trying to have a really good year.” T.C. Pan on his 2015 season so far.

 Notes:

  • With a total score of 19-under, Taylor Pendrith claimed Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours on Sunday along with a $2,500 prize. Each week, the top Canadian on the leaderboard will earn the award, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year and a $25,000 prize.
  • Weather: 17 degrees Celsius. A mix of sun and clouds. Winds 10 km/NE.
  • Preferred lies were utilized in the final round.
  • T.C. Pan now has 13 consecutive sub-par rounds heading into next week’s event.

(September 13, 2015 – Ben Eion, Nova Scotia) – C.T. Pan sank a five-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Canadian Taylor Pendrith and win the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s Cape Breton Celtic Classic.  The native of Taiwan and University of Washington product finished with a 72-hole total of 19-under-par 269 and the victory was his first on the Mackenzie Tour.

 

After each player made birdie on the first extra hole, both hit their second shots into a greenside bunker. Pan chipped out first to five feet and Pendrith followed, hitting his chip to four feet. Moments later, Pan sank his birdie putt and then watched as Pendrith’s birdie attempt slid by the right side, handing Pan the victory.

 

“I can’t find words to describe how I feel right now,” Pan said following his win. “It was amazing how I played my last five holes and then the two extra playoff holes. It’s been amazing.”

 

As the day unfolded, it appeared Pan would be in line for a nice finish, but would need something to happen for him to win the event. He was only 14-under-par after 13 holes and trailed by as much as four strokes. However, things changed at No. 14 when he hit a 3-iron to three feet and made the first of five birdies in a row.

 

“I told myself I really needed to start making some birdies when I got to No. 14. I knew I was about four shots back and told myself I needed some magic now,” Pan added. “After that birdie on 14, I felt really good about where my game was and I liked the pin position at No. 15 when I saw it. I made another birdie there.”

 

Pan added three more birdies to close out his round, including a chip-in on No. 18 from 30 feet to post the first 19-under-par score for the day.

 

Playing two groups behind, Pendrith’s downfall on Sunday would be his play in the par-5s. After making birdie or eagle on all the par-5s in the first three rounds, he started his day with bogeys on three of first five par-5s, including Nos. 1 and 3 early in his round. He was able to battle his way back into the mix with seven birdies later in his round , but missed a golden opportunity to close things out when he made par on the par-5 16th hole and then missed a short birdie putt at No. 17.

 

“I thought I hit a really good putt at No. 17 and it just went about a foot left and caught the edge and missed. I made a good putt on it. That’s the way it goes,” said Pendrith. “But I played the par-5s really bad today. If I played the par-5s like I had been, I probably would have won. I made three bogeys on them and you can’t make bogeys. I’m obviously disappointed losing in a playoff for the third time this year, but I was four-over-par through five holes early this week, and to shoot 19-under for the week is pretty good.”

 

 

This was the last week players could qualify for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship next week in London, Ontario. Among the players earning their spots in the 60-player field by their play this week were Max Gilbert, Dan McCarthy and Kyle Wilshire, while Jay Myers, Steve Carney and Daniel Bowden slipped out of the top 60. In the race for The Five, Pendrith moved into the top five, while Drew Weaver slipped from fifth to seventh.

 

NUMBERS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

 

28: The total number of birdies by Taylor Pendrith during the week which led all players.

 

1: Number of bogeys for Adam Svensson over his final 39 holes.

 

4: The number of eagles in the event for Justin Bardgett.

 

15: The most difficult hole on the course for the week.

 

1,627: The number of birdies for the week on The Lakes GC.

 

Here is where the players 56-70 on the Order of Merit stood after 72 holes…top 60 will play at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship next week in London, Ontario…players in parentheses moved into top 60.

 

Name

Finish

Position Last Week

Position This Week

Paul McConnell

T45

56

58

James Erkenbeck

T53

57

59

Jay Myers

MC

58

64

Steve Carney

T40

59

61

Daniel Bowden

T57

60

63

David McKenzie

Did not play

61

69

Nate McCoy

MC

62

70

Ben Briscoe

MC

63

71

Bo Hoag

T33

64

68

Matt Hansen

T28

65

67

Jonathan Khan

MC

66

74

Kyle Wilshire

T10

67

(54)

Mike Ballo, Jr.

T53

68

73

Max Gilbert

T10

69

(55)

Matt Harmon

T33

70

72

Dan McCarthy

T4

88

(51)

 

Where the Top 10 players on the Order of Merit currently stood after 72 holes…

 

Player

Finish

Position Last Week

Position This Week

J.J. Spaun

T28

1

1

Sam Ryder

MC

2

3

Albin Choi

T28

3

5

C.T. Pan

1

4

2

Drew Weaver

MC

5

7

Michael Letzig

T8

6

6

Kevin Spooner

MC

7

8

Christopher Ross

MC

8

10

Brad Clapp

T40

9

11

Taylor Pendrith

2

10

4

Adam Svensson

T4

11

8

 

 

 

 

QUOTABLES:

 

“I set a couple of goals at the start of the year and I’m on the way there. I always have really high standards for myself and I’m still working hard and trying to have a really good year.” T.C. Pan on his 2015 season so far.

 

 Notes:

  • With a total score of 19-under, Taylor Pendrith claimed Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Week honours on Sunday along with a $2,500 prize. Each week, the top Canadian on the leaderboard will earn the award, with the top Canadian on the Order of Merit at season’s end earning the Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the Year and a $25,000 prize.
  • Weather: 17 degrees Celsius. A mix of sun and clouds. Winds 10 km/NE.
  • Preferred lies were utilized in the final round.
  • T.C. Pan now has 13 consecutive sub-par rounds heading into next week’s event.

 

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