Golf – RSM Classic: Howell lll Claims Victory
Charles Howell III made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Patrick Rodgers on Sunday in The RSM Classic to end a 11-year triumph dry season.
Howell dropped to his knees and covered his head in his grasp, at that point mournfully grasped spouse Heather and youngsters Ansley and Chase — neither of whom were conceived when he won on the PGA TOUR at Riviera in 2007.
Howell earned $1,152,000 and an arrival excursion to the place where he grew up of Augusta, Georgia, in April to play in the Masters out of the blue since 2012.
Howell shut with a 3-under 67, birdieing Nos. 15-17, to coordinate Rodgers at 19-under 263 in the last PGA TOUR occasion of the year. In the wake of making the 36-hole cut on the 2-under number, Rodgers shot 61-62 on the end of the week.
Congrats to Charles Howell III on win of RSM Classic ending a very long victory drought! He showed true grit overcoming tough start to final round and tremendous charge by Patrick Rogers requiring playoff
— Pete Coffey (@Golf346Pc) November 19, 2018
Howell had a 22-foot birdie endeavor on the last hole to win in direction, however the ball got some distance from the glass crawls from the edge. The two players had birdie looks on the main playoff opening, with Rodgers missing from 27 feet and Howell from 14 feet off the front periphery.
The 39-year-old Howell likewise won in 2002 at Kingsmill.
Rodgers’ 17-under 123 end of the week was one shot off Troy Matteson’s PGA TOUR record for back to back rounds of 122 set the 2009 Frys.com Championship. He completed second for the third time in four years.
CHARLES HOWEII, lll Congratulations Winning RSM CLASSIC! It’s been a long time coming, but a change had to come, even though it took a sudden death playoff to win!🍾
— FOR GOLFERS ONLY (@RalphLewis1) November 19, 2018
Webb Simpson (65) had a 12-foot birdie opportunity at the last opening to join the playoff, yet missed. He lost The RSM Classic in sudden demise to Ben Crane in 2011.
Luke List (65) and Bryan Blaum (66) tied for fourth at 17 under and TOUR newbie Cameron Champ, who led the pack after Howell’s initial falters and was in a four-manner tie for first with Howell, Rodgers and Simpson with seven openings to play shot 69 and completed alone in 6th at 16 under.
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