C.T. Pan Overcomes Seven Man Playoff To Claim Bronze Medal

C.T. Pan Overcomes Seven Man Playoff To Claim Bronze Medal

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C.T. Pan produced a par at the fourth playoff hole to secure a bronze medal for Chinese Taipei.

C.T. Pan Overcomes Seven Man Playoff To Claim Bronze Medal

In an amazing final day, it was C.T. Pan who would secure the final podium position, overcoming Rory McIlroy (opens in new tab), Paul Casey, Collin Morikawa, Hideki Matsuyama, Sebastián Muñoz and Mito Pereira in the first ever seven man playoff.

After playing three playoff holes, the Chinese Taipei star would make a superb par at the fourth playoff hole to secure the countries eighth medal of the games.

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Pan celebrates his putt on the 18th green. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

It had been an enthralling final day's action, with Morikawa (opens in new tab) and Pan both shooting 63 to get to the 15-under-par tournament total.

They were joined by McIlroy, Muñoz and Pereira, who both shot 67's, Casey who produced a 68 and home country favourite, Matsuyama, who delivered a 69.

At the first playoff hole, the four ball of Pan, Muñoz (opens in new tab), Morikawa and Pereira would all make par, with the quartet tapping in gimme range putts.

In the following group, it would be Masters champion, Matsuyama and 15-time European Tour winner, Casey (opens in new tab), who would bow out of the playoff. With both making bogies at the 18th hole.

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Casey would fall just short for Team GB. (Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

The five players would then move onto the par-3 10th, with all five producing solid pars to advance to the 11th and third playoff hole.

With all hitting relatively good drives, Morikawa demonstrated his laser-like iron play, almost slam dunking his approach shot into the hole.

But his likely victory was cut short, with Pan (opens in new tab) almost holing his approach shot too, both leaving themselves gimme range putts for birdie.

Pereira and McIlroy followed with their approach shots, although both their six-foot birdie attempts came up shy, with Muñoz also out of the running alongside the duo.

So, it would come down to Pan and the Champion Golfer of the Year, Morikawa (opens in new tab), who took first advantage, with his drive in the more favourable position.

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Morikawa could only advance his ball a few yards onto the green on the fourth playoff hole. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Pan, however, would pump his second shot from the rough to pin high of the flag, leaving himself a relatively straight forward up-and down from the left of the green.

And it was soon advantage to the 29-year-old, with Morikawa chunking his approach shot into the greenside bunker, with The Open champion faced with one of the worst plugged lies you will ever see.

Doing well to splash the shot out, the 24-year-old would lag his putt to the hole, leaving Pan a six-footer for the bronze medal, which he would duly roll in for a four and one of the biggest moments of his career.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x