Charles Howell III shot a final-round 67 and then beat Patrick Rodgers on the second playoff hole to notch his third career PGA Tour victory at The RSM Classic.
12 THINGS TO KNOW: CHARLES HOWELL III WINS
- With the win, Howell III takes over the lead in the FedExCup for the first time since 2007. He moved from 62 to No. 1.
- It was Howell’s third career PGA Tour victory in his 529th career start at the age 39 years, 4 months, 30 days.
- Howell compiled the third-most starts before his third Tour victory: Leonard Thompson (553), Howard Twitty (532), Charles Howell III (529), Steve Lowery (519), Mike Sullivan (457), Don Pooley (445), and J.J. Henry (439).
- Howell was a wire-to-wire winner, holding the solo 18-, 36- and 54-hole lead. It was Howell’s first time in six attempts converting a third-round lead to a victory.
- He improved his playoff record to 2-4; most recently lost to Kyle Stanley at the 2016 Quicken Loans National.
- Howell’s 54-hole score of 196 was his personal best; previous-best was 197 at the 2007 (T2) and 2013 (T3) Sony
Open in Hawaii.
- Howell’s 128 tied the low-36 for the tournament (Austin Cook/2017, Mackenzie Hughes/2016, Billy Horschel/2011)
- Howell earned 24 OWGR points and will move to No. 61 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
- Earned a spot in the field at the Sentry Tournament of Champions for the first time since 2008 and the Masters Tournament for the first time since 2012.
- The Georgia native earned 500 FedExCup points to take the lead in the FedExCup for the first time since 2007.
- With a winning share of $1,152,000, Howell is now guaranteed to record his 18th straight season with at least one-million dollars in earnings – the second longest streak on Tour, trailing only Phil Mickelson whose current streak started in 1996.
- He is also guaranteed to remain a perfect 13 of 13 in qualifying for the FedExCup Playoffs – one of only 10 active players.