St.Simons Island, Georgia – Charles Howell III 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 Charles Howell III 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.