U.S. Open: Taiwan’s Cheng-Tsung Pan happy to simply be in field

Amateur Cheng-Tsung Pan might not be playing into the weekend at the U.S. Open, but simply being in the field for one of the most prestigious events in golf is accomplishment enough for now for the native of Taiwan.

Pan arrived in the United States four years ago from the small island off China’s coast, and since then he has been living in Bradenton, Fla., where he fortified his game at the David Leadbetter academy. Recently, Pan, 19, completed his freshman year at the University of Washington.

Pan shot a respectable 3-over 74 on Thursday, but he followed that with a 78 this morning. At least his last memory from his first major championship appearance was finishing with four consecutive pars at Congressional Country Club, the most difficult course he has played.

“I hit more fairways today,” Pan said. “My iron shots weren’t that great. My short game, I missed it in the wrong place.”

Gene Wang is a sports reporter covering multiple beats, including Navy football, the Capitals, Wizards, Nationals, women’s basketball, auto racing, boxing and golf. He also covers Fantasy Football.

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