Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

What Charles Howell III said after winning RSM Classic

What Charles Howell III said after winning RSM Classic

Charles Howell snapped an 11-year US PGA Tour win drought on Sunday (Nov 18) in epic fashion, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the second play-off hole to capture the RSM Classic.

It was third time charmed for Howell, who had three birdie putts on the 18th hole of the Seaside course to win the title, the first in the last round and the second on the first play-off hole before his sank the last. "I thought that was pretty much over".

"I knew I had put myself behind the eight ball", he said of his poor start.

Howell closed with a 3-under 67, birdieing Nos. His 123 total over his final 36 holes was the lowest closing weekend in PGA Tour history.

The 39-year-old compounded the error when he three-putted from 15 feet to run up a double-bogey six, but he began to claw the shots back when he converted a 10-foot birdie chance at the fifth and then holed from twice that range on the next green.

That catapulted him to 19-under, having carded 18 birdies and no dropped shots in his final 37 holes of regulation play.

Howell held a one-shot advantage going into the final round at Sea Island Golf Club, but fellow American Rodgers set a new Tour record for the final two rounds to prolong the tournament. I stayed aggressive and I made birdies all the way to the finish.

Luke List (65) and Bryan Blaum (66) tied for fourth at 17 under and Tour rookie Cameron Champ, who took the lead after Howell's early stumbles and was in a four-way tie for first with Howell, Rodgers and Simpson with seven holes to play shot 69 and finished alone in sixth at 16 under.

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