C.T. Pan came agonisingly close to claiming a first US PGA Tour title on Sunday at the Wyndham Championship. Tied for the lead, the 26-year-old’s tee shot on the final hole wound up out-of-bounds by inches and led to a double-bogey. But while he settled for his second career runner-up finish, he had to be happy leaving Greensboro having survived a different type of test: Having his wife caddie for him.
Needing a fill-in looper for the event, Pan convinced his wife, Michelle, to step in for the week. It just might take even more convincing the next time. Check out this interview Pan did with CBS’ Amanda Balionis during a weather delay on Saturday. In a clip captured by Golfweek’s Bill Speros, Pan says his success at the Wyndham “was a coincidence,” that “she doesn’t help me much,” and, referring to a familiar caddie saying, that “she just needs to show up, keep up, and shut up, I guess.” Ouch.
To be fair, Pan said all this stuff with a smile, and he later pointed out Michelle helped him with the mental side of his game. Anyway, check out the clip:
— Bill Speros (@billsperos) August 18, 2018
Pan also seemed to really enjoy his extra time with Michelle during the week, which he prefaced by joking on Twitter that the tournament would be “the true test of my marriage.”
Guess who is on my bag this week? This is the true test of my marriage; hopefully, she will still be with me by the end of tournament. @wyndhamchamp #pgatour #golf #liveunderpar #therealboss #teamPan #golfishard pic.twitter.com/h3YCe3xceD
— C.T. Pan (@ctpangolf) August 14, 2018
And he was quick to help carry his heavy bag on numerous occasions.
What a gentleman.
After the partnership proved successful to the tune of a $US528,000 payday (No word on Michelle’s cut), Pan tweeted this on Sunday night:
Thank you everyone (fans, volunteers and staffs) @wyndhamchamp and congrats to Brandt Snedeker for the W. Had an unbelievable experience here with my wife on the bag. #pgatour #liveunderpar #golf #caddygirls #appreciationpost pic.twitter.com/6UaFjXeI3S
— C.T. Pan (@ctpangolf) August 20, 2018
Aww. And here’s proof that Michelle is still smiling after a long week as well: