Birthplace: Miaoli, Taiwan
College: University of Washington
Turned Professional: 2015
2015-2016 FedEx Cup Rank: N/A
Professional Wins: 2 Canadian Tour - (2015 The Players Cup & 2015 Cape Breton Celtic Classic)
Honors & Accolades: N/A
I was told by a Web.com insider that C.T. Pan was the best ball-striker he had seen on the tour in sometime and it shows in his stats. Despite being just average in length off the tee, Pan was 15th in greens in regulation % and 12th in the total ball-striking statistic.
Areas for Improvement
The Web.com Tour’s stats make it tough to find any, but if Pan’s start to the 2016-2017 season is any indication, it is his iron play, as Pan is losing .839 shots to the field on approaches to the green. This is a direct contradiction from what my Web.com Tour insider told me so I am going to lean towards it being a small sample size.
A look at C.T. Pan’s Swing
"Pan has excellent posture, notice how his arms just hang naturally at address. From there he takes the club back perfectly on plane and back down on plane with no wasted motion. It's very efficient and is a similar swing to many of today's young pros"
2016 - 2017 PGA Tour Outlook
C.T. Pan is one of golf’s bright international stars, and he looks to continue his track record of immediate success at every level during his rookie season on the PGA Tour. Pan’s strong putting and beautiful golf swing should yield a long and successful career.
C.T. Pan’s path to the PGA Tour
The junior days
Pan’s story is a unique one as he grew up in Taiwan and was introduced to the game at the age of 5 by his mother who worked as a caddy at a Taiwanese golf course. From there, he flourished as a junior player and eventually left Taiwan to attend high school at the heralded IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.
It didn’t take much time for C.T. Pan to make a name for himself in the golf world. At the age of 15, Pan won the medalist honors at the prestigious World Cup and also became the youngest quarterfinalist in U.S. Amateur history since Bobby Jones.
At the age of 17, Pan became the youngest medalist in Western Amateur history in 2009 and backed it up with another medalist performance at the event in 2010.
The accomplishments kept racking up. In 2011, Pan won the Azalea Invitational, qualified for his first U.S. Open and ascended to the 4th ranked amateur in the world. He did all of this before stepping foot on a collegiate campus.
The college years
Pan headed to the University of Washington for college, where he quickly became one of the finest players in the country. Pan won as a freshman in just his second event, The 2011 Prestige, and was one of the most consistent players in the country racking up 6 top 10 finishes and earning Third Team All-American honors to go along with All-Pac 12 and All-Freshman team honors.
In the summer of 2012, Pan again played well in USGA Championships, qualifying for match play in both the U.S. Public Links and the U.S. Amateur. Pan was ousted in the 2nd round of the Pub Links while making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Amateur.
As a Sophomore, Pan ascended to the top ranked player in college golf and put together a spectacular season that included two wins. One victory was a NCAA Regional win and the other win was at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational. For his stellar play, Pan earned First Team All-American Honors.
In the summer between his Sophomore and Junior year, Pan qualified for the 2013 U.S. Open for a second time, earning low-amateur honors and finishing in a tie for 45th.
Pan’s Junior season at Washington saw him break Washington’s single-season scoring average mark, but it only netted him one win and was the only season that he didn’t earn All-American honors.
Pan parlayed a semi-disappointing Junior season into a strong 2014 summer where he qualified for the Open Championship, made match play at the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur.
Pan saved his best for last at Washington, recording a historic senior season. Pan won 4 times in the season with his biggest win coming at the NCAA Regional, and he was the NCAA Championship Runner-up. All in all, Pan became the first player to ever record a sub-70 scoring average in school history and was a Hogan Award finalist as well as a First Team All-American.
Pan left Washington as the most decorated player in school history holding the lowest career scoring average, the most career wins and the only player in collegiate history to be a 4-time Hogan Award semifinalist.
After leaving school, Pan again qualified for the U.S. Open, making the cut and finishing in a tie for 64th. Following the U.S. Open, Pan turned professional and headed to the Canadian Tour.
On the Canadian Tour, Pan was an instant success, winning twice in the summer of 2015 and finishing 2nd on the money list to earn his Web.com Tour card for the 2016 season.
On the Web.com Tour, Pan proved his game was PGA Tour ready finishing 11th on the season-long money list. His season was defined by consistency finishing with seven top 10 finishes in 22 starts. The highlight of Pan’s summer was competing in the Olympics where he started strong heading into the final round in the top 10. Unfortunately, a final-round 74 put him in a tie for 30th.