Charles Howell III

Charles Howell III
Charles Howell III
Personal information
Full name Charles Gordon Howell III
Nickname Chucky Three Sticks [1]
Born June 20, 1979 (1979-06-20) (age 32)
Augusta, Georgia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Orlando, Florida
College Oklahoma State University
Turned professional 2000
Current tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament T13: 2004
U.S. Open T18: 2002
The Open Championship T28: 2011
PGA Championship T10: 2003
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 2000
PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Charles Gordon Howell III (born June 20, 1979) is an American golfer. He has been featured in the top 15 of the Official World Golf Rankings.


Early years and amateur career

Howell was born[1] and raised in Augusta, Georgia, the home town of the Masters Tournament. He was introduced to golf at age 7 by next-door neighbor, Graham Hill, with whom he is still friends.[2] He was a member of Augusta Country Club, which is adjacent to Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Club.[3] Howell graduated from Westminster Schools of Augusta,[2] and soon after attended Oklahoma State University,[1] where he majored in Business Management.[2] In 2000, he was a member of Oklahoma State's winning team and also the individual winner at the NCAA Division I Golf Championships with a record-setting 23-under-par performance. Also in 2000, he won the Haskins Award honoring the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States.[3]

Howell played in three professional events as an amateur. At the age of 17, Howell participated in his first PGA Tour event. He entered the Buick Challenge but missed the cut. The next year he missed the cut at the Canon Greater Hartford Open. Howell finished in a tie for second at the BUY.COM Greensboro Open on the Nationwide Tour. At the time it was the best finish by an amateur in a Nationwide Tour event.



Howell turned professional in 2000.[1] He played in his first tournament as a professional at the Canon Greater Hartford Open on July 2. He finished tied in 32nd place. Howell finished in 3rd at the John Deere Classic in only his third event. Howell played in 13 events in 2000 and made 7 cuts. He earned $263,533 but did not have an official money list rank because he was not a full PGA Tour member.[3]


Howell placed in the top 10 in two of his first four events of the 2001 season. In July at the Greater Milwaukee Open he lost to Shigeki Maruyama in a playoff. Howell also placed in 4th at the Reno-Tahoe Open and he finished in a tie for 3rd at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. Howell entered 24 events in 2001 and he made 20 cuts. Howell earned $1,520,632 and recorded five top 10 finishes. Just like in 2000, Howell did not have an official money list rank because he was not a full PGA Tour member. Due to his successful year, Howell won the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award.[3]

Also, in February Howell played in two European Tour events in Australia. He finished in a tie for 67th at the Heineken Classic and in a tie for 39th at the Greg Norman Holden International.


Howell became a full PGA Tour member for the 2002 season. He had a strong start to the season by placing in the top 10 in three of his first five events. Howell won his first PGA Tour tournament at the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in October. Four weeks later he finished in second at The Tour Championship. He finished 2 strokes behind champion Vijay Singh. Howell entered 32 events in 2002 and made 27 cuts. He recorded seven top 10 finishes. Howell earned $2,702,747 and finished 9th on the money list.[3]


Early in the 2003 season, Howell lost in a playoff to Mike Weir at the Nissan Open. Howell recorded his best finish in a major at the PGA Championship in August. He finished tied for 10th place. Howell finished as the runner-up at The Tour Championship for the second year in a row. This time he finished 3 strokes behind Chad Campbell. Two weeks later Howell represented the United States in the Presidents Cup. The competition ended in a draw. Howell was paired with Tiger Woods for the foursomes and four-ball matches. His overall record at the competition was 3-2 including a match play victory over fellow young golfer Adam Scott. Howell defeated Scott by the score of 5&4. Howell entered 31 tournaments and made 29 cuts. He recorded six top 10's and earned $2,568,955. Howell finished in 14th on the money list.[3]


Howell's 2004 season did not go as well as previous ones. His best finished was a solo 2nd at the Booz Allen Classic in June. He finished 4 strokes behind Adam Scott. Howell shot a 61 (-10) in the 1st round which still stands as his lowest round in a PGA Tour tournament. Howell entered 30 tournaments and made 22 cuts. He recorded five top 10 finishes. He earned $1,703,485 and finished 33rd on the money list.[3]


Howell started off 2005 strong with top three finishes in consecutive weeks. He finished in a tie for 3rd at the Sony Open in Hawaii and in a tie for second at the Buick Invitational. Howell was not able to pick up a victory in 2005 but he recorded six top 10 finishes including five top 5 finishes. Howell entered 29 tournaments and made 21 cuts. He earned $2,074,329 and finished 29th on the money list.[3]


Howell did not have a very successful season in 2006. His only success was a tie for second at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and a solo second at the 84 Lumber Classic. Howell entered 30 tournaments and made 20 cuts. He recorded three top 10 finishes and only five top 25 finishes. He earned $1,553,105 and finished in 52nd on the money list.[3]


Howell bounced back from his disappointing 2006 season with a successful 2007 season. He recorded two runner-up finishes in his first three tournaments. He finished in a tie for 2nd at the Sony Open in Hawaii and in solo second at the Buick Invitational. On February 18, 2007 Howell won his second PGA Tour event. He won the Nissan Open by defeating Phil Mickelson in a playoff. The next week Howell made it to the round of 16 at the 2007 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Two weeks later he finished in a tie for 6th at the PODS Championship. Howell did not enjoy much success after that. His best finish after the PODS Championship in March was at the WGC-CA Championship where he finished in a tie for 16th place. Howell entered the 2007 FedEx Cup Playoffs in 8th place in the points standings. He played in all 4 playoff tournaments. His best finish came at the BMW Championship where he finished in a tie for 18th place. Howell went on to finish in 18th place in the final FedEx Cup points standings. Howell has earned $2,832,091 in 2007 and is currently in 18th place on the money list. He has entered 26 tournaments, making 19 cuts. He has recorded five top 10 finishes. Howell also participated in the Presidents Cup in September. The United States won the competition and Howell was 2-2 in his matches. He won his singles match against Stuart Appleby by the score of 2&1.[3]


Howell recorded his worst finish on the money list in his career in 2008, finishing in 69th with $1,449,232. He finished tied for 8th in the first tournament of the year at the Mercedes-Benz Championship. His next top ten finish came at the AT&T Classic in May where he finished tied for 8th. He led the tournament going into the final round but shot a 74 (+2) to lose the lead. Howell shared the lead going into the final round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship in October but ended up finishing tied for 3rd after shooting a 73 (+1). Howell made 22 of 31 cuts on the year while recording four top 10s, 12 top 25s and finishing 95th in the FedEx Cup standings.[3]


Howell started the 2009 season strong in January with a 4th place finish in the Sony Open in Hawaii; three behind winner Zach Johnson. In March, Howell finish with a respectable T21 at the Puerto Rico Open. The next week, Howell had his best finish of the season by finishing T2 in the Transitions Championship. Howell was in position to win the tournament after the 14th hole, but subsequently bogeyed two of the last four holes to finish one stroke behind winner Retief Goosen. The week after the Transitions Championship, Howell finished T22 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Howell was again in position to win the tournament before bogeying two of the last four holes to finish two behind winner Jerry Kelly. Howell missed 6 cuts in 8 events from May to July. Howell recently made an instructional switch from David Leadbetter to Todd Anderson of the Sea Island Golf Club.[3]


Howell had six top-10 finishes in 2010, while missing only 5 of 28 cuts. His best finish in 2010 was T4 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.[3]


Another consistent year, Howell had seven top-10 finishes in 2011 and qualified for the Tour Championship.


Howell lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Heather, and their daughter.[2]

Amateur wins (1)

Professional wins (2)

PGA Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 6, 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill -14 (70-65-68-67=270) 2 strokes United States Scott Hoch, United States Brandt Jobe
2 Feb 18, 2007 Nissan Open -16 (69-65-69-65=268) Playoff United States Phil Mickelson

PGA Tour playoff record (1-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1. 2001 Greater Milwaukee Open Japan Shigeki Maruyama Lost to birdie on first extra hole
2. 2003 Nissan Open Canada Mike Weir Lost to birdie on second extra hole
3. 2007 Nissan Open United States Phil Mickelson Won with par on third extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters DNP T29 T28 T13 CUT CUT T30 CUT DNP
U.S. Open CUT T18 T53 T36 T75 T37 T51 CUT DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP T65 T42 CUT DNP CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T22 T17 T10 T31 T15 CUT T42 T47 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011
The Masters DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP T28
PGA Championship T48 T26

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary of performances

  • Starts - 32
  • Top-10 finishes - 1
  • Cuts made - 21

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 R64 R64 R64 R64 R16 R32 DNP
CA Championship DNP T21 T59 DNP DNP T16 T51 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T21 T9 DNP DNP T39 T27 T29

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

PGA Tour career summary

Year Wins Earnings ($) Money list rank
2000 0 263,533 n/a
2001 0 1,520,632 n/a
2002 1 2,702,747 9
2003 0 2,568,955 14
2004 0 1,703,485 33
2005 0 2,074,329 29
2006 0 1,553,105 52
2007 1 2,832,091 18
2008 0 1,449,232 69
2009 0 1,804,460 46
2010 0 1,482,211 60
2011 0 2,509,223 25
Career* 2 22,464,003 25

* Complete through the 2011 season.

United States national team appearances


External links

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