Pan Finishes Husky History +4, Misses Cut At The Open
HOYLAKE, England -- Cheng-Tsung Pan play at the golf's oldest major is over.
The pride in the Husky's historic performance is not.
Washington's rising senior shot a 2-over 74 amid formidable winds for the second-straight day at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on Friday. He missed by two strokes the cut for the final two rounds.
Pan, a 22-year-old native of Taiwan, became the first Husky in the 79 years of UW golf to play in The Open while still in school. O.D. Vincent played the 1992 Open as a professional, just over a year after graduating from Washington.
"All Huskies can be very proud of him," said UW coach Matt Thurmond, who has been here at England's second-oldest seaside links course with Pan since Tuesday. "He most definitely belongs out here and he looked great in his Husky purple walking these historic links. He represented.
"His game is suited well for these major championships."
Pan's 74 in the second round left him at 4-over for the tournament. The final cut settled later in the day at +2 -- the same score Tiger Woods, among others, has after two rounds. Pan, who made the cut last summer in his second appearance at the U.S. Open, was one of just four amateurs in Britain's 156-man field. He finished one shot behind England Amateur champion Ashley Chesters for the low amateur score.
Pan's round Friday included four birdies, but also four bogeys and a double-bogey. He opened by making a 12-footer for birdie on the first hole, but then gave two shots back with a double on the fourth. He came right back to birdie the par-5 fifth, but then two more bogeys on the front gave him a score of 2-over 37 for the opening nine.
On the back, again Pan started with a birdie, making a great up and down out of a brick-wall-like bunker on the par-5 10th. He also birdied the par-3 15th after knocking it close, but that came after bogeys on 11 and 13. Pan played the back nine at even-par 37.
"Pan won't say this, but the draw turned out to be a huge factor this year and Pan's draw (and the half of the field with a similar draw) had it far worse in both rounds," Thurmond said, referring to the strong winds off the sea that changed club selection and plays from hole to hole both Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. "It was at least a few shots tougher for those that played afternoon/morning compared to those that played morning/afternoon.
"Luck will always be a huge factor in this game and we all accept that as part of what we love about it."
Thurmond has more of his first-person account from Royal Liverpool on Gregg Bell's blog.