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Charles Howell III

  • Birthplace: Augusta, GA
  • Residence: Orlando, FL
  • Birth Date: June 20, 1979
  • height: 5-11
  • Turned Pro: 2000

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PGA TOUR Victories

(2) 2002,Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. 2007,Nissan Open.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$1,516,268 (39)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T2-- Transitions Championship, Zurich Classic of New Orleans. 4-- Sony Open in Hawaii.

PGA TOUR Best Round

66 at Round 4, Sony Open in Hawaii. 66 at Round 2, Transitions Championship. 66 at Round 1, HP Byron Nelson Championship. 66 at Round 4, John Deere Classic.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Posted all four rounds in the 60s on his way to a fourth-place finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Posted four rounds of par or better for T2 at Transitions Championship, his best finish on TOUR since a victory at the 2007 Nissan Open, moving into top-15 on FedExCup points...Improved on that position in April thanks to a T2 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Held the outright lead at 15-under through 14 holes Sunday, but two late bogeys dropped him from the top spot. Recorded 22 birdies, the most of any player for the week. The finish was his third top-five of the season in 12 starts (T2 at the Transitions Championship, 4th at the Sony Open in Hawaii).

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, Nissan Open.

2008 Season Highlights

Surpassed $1 million in earnings for the eighth consecutive season. Finished the season No. 95 on the FedExCup points list and a career-worst No. 69 in earnings, with 12 top-25 finishes...Overcame a first-round 74 to notch his first top-10 finish of the season with a T8 at the Mercedes-Benz Championship...Didn't crack the top-10 again until 14 starts later at the AT&T Classic, where rounds of 67-69-67 led to a one-stroke lead after 54 holes. Final-round 74 led to a T8 finish...Third top-10 came 12 starts later at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. Shared the 54-hole lead with Tag Ridings before a closing 73 led to a season-best T3 finish...Posted four rounds in the 60s for the only time of the season on way to a T10 finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Career Highlights

2007: Recorded second career PGA TOUR victory and made a career high in earnings. Finished 18th in the FedExCup standings...Finished T2 at the Sony Open in Hawaii, one stroke behind Paul Goydos. Held the 54-hole lead by one over Luke Donald. Held a two-stroke lead with nine holes remaining...Two weeks later, finished runner-up to Tiger Woods at the Buick Invitational. Second-place finish was ninth (and second in La Jolla, CA to Woods) since first PGA TOUR victory in 2002...Earned second career TOUR victory at the Nissan Open, defeating Phil Mickelson in a sudden death after posting rounds of 69-65-69-65--268. Overcame a three-stroke deficit on the final day to force the playoff, posting a par-3 on the third playoff hole to claim victory...Finished inside the top 30 at the final three events which comprised the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup...Went 2-2-0 in his second Presidents Cup. 2006: In the midst of swing changes, earned T2 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, posting rounds of 66-65 on the weekend to fall one shot shy of Chris Couch. Best finish since T2 at 2005 Buick Invitational...Second runner-up finish came at the 84 LUMBER Classic. Held a share of the 54-hole lead with Ben Curtis but fell two shots short with a final-round 72. Eighth career runner-up finish. 2005: Recorded six top-10s and finished in the top 30 for the third time in his five-year career...Best finish was a T2 at the Buick Invitational in La Jolla, CA, finishing three strokes behind Tiger Woods. On 72nd hole, approach shot hit the base of the flag for a near eagle, then bounced out and spun back into the water. He made a bogey. 2004: Recorded a career-best T13 in his third start at the Masters in hometown of Augusta...Fired a TPC Avenel course-record and his career-best, 10-under 61 to take a three-stroke lead after 18 holes at the Booz Allen Classic. Recorded five consecutive birdies on the back nine Sunday to put pressure on leader Adam Scott, who started the day with a six-stroke lead. Ended the day alone in second, his low finish of the season. 2003: Made the cut in 29 of 31 starts...Lost to Mike Weir in a playoff at the Nissan Open after Weir birdied the second extra hole. Was second- and third-round leader, and held three-shot lead heading into Sunday, but finished with 2-over 73 to tie Weir at the end of regulation...Clinched 10th and final spot on 2003 Presidents Cup team with T10 PGA Championship finish...Ended the year on a high note with his second runner-up finish at the TOUR Championship. Finished two back of Vijay Singh in Atlanta in 2002 and three back of Chad Campbell in Houston in 2003. 2002: Recorded first victory and ninth-place finish on the money list with $2,702,747...Picked up his first career victory in his 68th TOUR event at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. Began final round two strokes behind leader Brandt Jobe and final-round 67 gave him the two-stroke victory...Tied Waialea CC course record with a second-round 62 on way to his first top-10 finish of the season, a T4 at the Sony Open in Hawaii...Tied Riviera CC record with front-nine, 7-under 28 in third round of Nissan Open for a 64...Made his first appearance in the Masters. Local product finished T29...Runner-up to Vijay Singh in season-ending TOUR Championship. Held second-round lead. Only player in field to post four rounds in the 60s and finished season with 16 consecutive rounds in the 60s. 2001: Rookie of the Year. Earned his 2002 PGA TOUR card by playing TOUR events via sponsor exemptions. Earned Special Temporary Member status for the second consecutive season...Ranked first in PGA TOUR non-member earnings with $1,520,632. Earnings would have ranked 33rd on TOUR official money list...Lost in sudden-death playoff at Greater Milwaukee Open to Shigeki Maruyama. Birdied six of last seven holes of regulation to shoot 64 and force playoff but bogeyed first sudden-death hole as Maruyama made birdie. 2000: Earned Special Temporary Member status in only six events after turning professional on June 26. Made the cut in seven of 11 official TOUR events...Best effort of the season came at the John Deere Classic, a solo third...Week before turning professional, turned in a second-place finish at the Greensboro Open, the highest amateur finish in Nationwide Tour history at the time (Daniel Summerhays won in 2007). Amateur: 2000 NCAA champion as a junior at Oklahoma State. Winning total of 23-under set NCAA Championship scoring record...Two-time first-team All-American...Recipient of Jack Nicklaus and Fred Haskins Awards...Big 12 Champion and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2000...Represented United States at 2000 Palmer Cup...1996 AJGA Player of the Year...Three-time first-team AJGA All-American...Captured 1996 Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Personal

Grew up near Augusta National GC, home of the Masters, and was a member of Augusta CC, 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 David Leadbetter...Father is a pediatric surgeon.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

1-2

National Teams

The Presidents Cup (2), 2003, 2007.

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