Pan ready to fight for the Olympic medal

When he arrives in Tokyo for the men’s golf competition, he hopes to use that experience and skill to fight for a historic medal for Chinese Taipei.

“I feel honored and at the same time very excited. Participating in the Olympics has always been my goal for the whole year. This time I want to finish higher and get a medal. Everyone will want the same and it’s going to be tough. We’re going to have a good time and fight really hard for it, ”said Pan.

As a rookie professional, Pan made his way to Rio with his successes on the Mackenzie Tour — PGA Tour Canada and Korn Ferry Tour, two development circuits operated by the PGA Tour. He finished tied for 30th as Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar won gold, silver and bronze respectively, as golf celebrated a triumphant return to the Olympics after a 112-year hiatus.

Pan, 29, believes he’s a very different golfer now than he was five years ago, thanks in large part to his first PGA Tour win at RBC Heritage in 2019, a commendable start for the team international at the Presidents Cup and also a first career top 10 in a major at the Masters tournament last November.

“Rio was a great experience as I was coming from the Korn Ferry and Mackenzie Tour and didn’t have a lot of experience. Compared to now I’m better prepared, ”said Pan, who is a former amateur world No.1.

“Competing in the Olympics has always been my goal for the whole year. This time I want to finish higher and get a medal. Everyone will want the same thing and it will be difficult. – CT Pan

“I loved the whole experience of my first Olympics. I loved the ad before the tee shot, it was really cool even though it made me so nervous about the shot at the same time. I played with Rickie (Fowler) in the final round, and with other top players. It was such a great scene.

“I think it’s all about experience. The CT Pan of 2021 certainly has more experience where I have played in several majors and the Presidents Cup. Compared to 2016, I had barely left Korn Ferry and had no experience in major events. I feel that this time I will be better prepared and be able to do my best. Hopefully this will result in better scores. I have played against the best golfers in the world on a regular basis and I feel like I have a chance.

In Olympic history, Chinese Taipei has won five gold medals in weightlifting and taekwondo, as well as medals of other colors in athletics, archery, table tennis and baseball.

Pan naturally hopes to be able to award Chinese Taipei’s first golf medal, which will be played at Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29 to August 1. In the women’s competition scheduled for August 4-7, Wei-Ling Hsu and Min Li will represent Chinese Taipei. .

“Baseball is our national sport, the biggest sport here. Our team took the silver (in 1992) which was a big deal. I want something like this to happen to my own people through golf. Our people at home have recently battled COVID and we hope we can bring good news, cheer them up and give them positive energy, ”he said.

“It would mean the whole world to my people at home (to win a medal). The Olympics are the biggest sporting event in the world. Getting a medal will be a big deal for my family. Personally, this is an important milestone if you can achieve it. This has always been my goal since golf was introduced to the Olympics.

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