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Charles Howell III
Grew up near Augusta National GC and was a member of Augusta Country Club, which is adjacent to Amen Corner. Next-door neighbor was the first person who introduced him to golf. Started playing golf at age 7 and won five tournaments before his 11th birthday. Shot his first sub-70 tournament round at age 10, the same age at which he began taking lessons from instructor.
1 - 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
Capped off his college golfing career in 2000 my winning the NCAA Championships in both the team competition and individual. His rounds of 67-66-63-69 gave him an eight-stroke win. Won the Jack Nicklaus Award for college golfer of the Year, turned professional immediately after his NCAA Championship. Member 2003 Presidents Cup Team.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; rounds played - 39 ; in money - 7; top-10 finishes - 1; money $263,532 (ranked 155th - unofficial); best finish 3rd at the John Deere Classic
Scoring - 70.85 / (n/a); driving distance - 285.0 / (n/a); driving accuracy -62.1% / (n/a); GIR - 69.7% / (n/a); putting - 1.777 / (n/a); birdie average - 3.87 per rd / (n/a) / total birdies - 151; sand saves - 59.0% / (n/a); scrambling - 58.2% / (n/a); all-around rank - / (n/a)
Despite not qualifying for the PGA Tour in Q-School in Nov. of 2000, he still played in some tour events in 2001 and when he finished T14th at the Kemper Open (along with his T6th at BellSouth and 7th at Compaq Classic) he made enough money to earn a berth on the PGA Tour for the rest of 2001.2001 Stats: Scoring - 69.91 / (13th); driving distance - 293.9 / (6th); driving accuracy -70.8% / (56th); GIR - 73.5% / (2); putting - 1.789 / (141st); birdie average - 4.05 per rd / (19th) / total birdies - 344; sand saves - 53.5% / (80th); scrambling - 64.3% / (16th); all-around rank - 477 / (30th).
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; rounds played - 85 ; in money -20; top-10 finishes - 5; money $1,520,632 (ranked 33rd-unoffical); best finish 2nd at the Greater Milwaukee Open
Of the 18 first-time winners was the youngest. Finished the year with four, top-six finishes in his last eight starts.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 32; rounds played - 112 ; in money -27; top-10 finishes - 7; money $2,702,747 (ranked 9th); Winner at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
Scoring - 70.02 / (12th); driving distance - 293.7 / (4th); driving accuracy -69.3% / (66th); GIR - 69.0% / (25th); putting - 1.778 / (118th); birdie average - 3.95 per rd / (25th) / total birdies - 442; sand saves - 39.6% / (193rd); all-around rank - 462 / (23rd).
Lost in a playoff against Mike Weir at the Tour Championship.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; Rounds Played - 115; in money - 29; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $2,568,955 Rank (14th); Best finish: 2nd at the Nissan Open & The Tour Championship
Scoring - 70.21 / (25th); Driving Distance - 294.6 / (31st); Driving Accuracy - 62.4% / (146th); GIR - 67.9% / (42nd); Putting - 1.777 / (97th); Birdie Average - 3.72 per rd / (68th) / Total Birdies - 428; Sand Saves - 49.4% / (110th); All-Around Rank - 572 / (42nd).
Shot career best round of 61 during first round of Booz Allen Classic.
2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; Rounds Played - 101; in money - 22; top -10 Finishes - 5; money $1,703,485 Rank (33rd); Best finish: 2nd at the Booz Allen Classic
Scoring - 70.77 / (52nd); Driving Distance - 288.5 / (82nd); Driving Accuracy - 64.3% / (96th); GIR - 66.1% / (69th); Putting - 1.802 / (164th); Birdie Average - 3.26 per rd / (161st) / Total Birdies - 329; Sand Saves - 48.9% / (101st); All-Around Rank - 816 / (113th).
Recorded six top-10s and finished in the top 30 for the third time in his five-year career.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; Rounds Played - 90; in money - 43; top -10 Finishes - 6; money $2,074,329 Rank (29th); Best finish: T-2nd at the Buick Invitational
Scoring - 70.37 / (27th); Driving Distance - 293.6 / (56th); Driving Accuracy - 57.5% / (170th); GIR - 66.1% / (71st); Putting - 1.796 / (149th); Birdie Average - 3.41 per rd / (123rd) / Total Birdies - 307; Sand Saves - 52.2% / (65th); All-Around Rank - 680 / (54th).