Taiwan’s 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 on Sunday.
Pan finished with a 72-hole total of 19-under-par 269 to send him into the playoff with Pendrith 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. Pan sank his birdie putt and then watched as Pendrith’s birdie attempt slid by the right side.
“I can’t find words to describe how I feel right now,” said Pan. “It was amazing how I played my last five holes and then the two extra playoff holes.”
As the day unfolded, it appeared Pan would be in line for a nice finish as things began to happen on the 14th hole, where he hit a three iron to three feet and made the first of five consecutive birdies.
“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,” said Pan.
“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,” he said.
Pan’s three other birdies included 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 on the par fives.
After making birdie or eagle on the par fives in the first three rounds, he started his day with bogeys on three of five par fives, including the first and third 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 five 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.
“I played the par fives 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,” he added.
“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,” he said.
This was the last week players could qualify for the Freedom 55 Financial Championship next week in London, Ont.
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