Charles Howell III Wins RSM McGladrey PDF Print E-mail


Charles Howell celebrates after winning at Sea Island

St.Simons Island, Georgia - Charles Howell began Sunday with a one

stroke lead heading into the final round. It was Howell's sixth time

holding the 54 hole lead, where he was 0 for 5 in the previous attempts

to close the deal. It looked as if Sunday at the RSM McGladrey on Sea

Island would end the same way after Howell rinsed his tee shot right

on the 458 yard par 4 - second hole. He stood 3 back on the third tee

(after just making double-bogey 6) and wondered if he'd blown another

chance to close on the PGA Tour.



Then he birdied the fifth and sixth holes, followed by another at the

tenth. Howell got another on the par 5 fifteenth, followed by a lengthy

18 foot putt on the next. A stiff tee shot on the par 3 seventeenth

yielded yet another. The putt to reach 20 under par and the outright win

on the 72nd hole barely missed (finishing with a 3 under par 67 - 261

total) sending him into a playoff with Patrick Rodgers who also finished

at 19 under par (after firing a final round 8 under par 62). After both

players missed their birdie chances on the first playoff hole, Howell

made a 15 footer on the second sudden death hole to win again. It was

Charles Howell III's first triumph in over a decade, and to say he was

both elated and relieved would be an understatement. "Quite honestly,

I didn't know if I would ever win again," Howell said. "I had come up

short so many times."


After 529 PGA Tour events and 16 runner-up finishes Charles Howell III

has won for third time in his career. With the victory Howell jumped 61

spots into the lead in the Fedex Cup Standings.


Webb Simpson finished solo third at 18 under par after a Sunday 65 left

him one shot out of the playoff.