PGA Tour

RSM Classic 2018

November 15-18

Sea Island Golf Club, Sea Island, Georgia

$6,400,000

November 15-18

Sea Island Golf Club, Sea Island, Georgia

$6,400,000

Round 1

Charles Howell takes a 2-shot lead in Georgia

November 15, 2018

Charles Howell, who hasn't won a PGA title since 2007, fired a bogey-free eight-under par 64 Thursday to grab a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the RSM Classic.

The 39-year-old native of Augusta, Georgia -- home of the Masters -- won his first PGA crown in 2002 at Kingsmill and his next in 2007 at Riviera, beating Phil Mickelson in a playoff.

But he hasn't hoisted another trophy since, his nearest misses coming with playoff losses in 2013 at the Humana Challenge and last year's National at TPC Potomac.

Sharing second on 66, two off the pace, were two players who picked up where they left off in last year's final round, defending champion Austin Cook and 2017 runner-up JJ Spaun.

Each American fired a bogey-free six-under par 66 on the Plantation course at Sea Island, Georgia, in a rematch of last year's title fight, which saw Cook collect his first and thus far only PGA triumph by four shots over Spaun.

The par-70 Seaside course is also used in the opening days at the final full-field PGA event of the year.

Howell birdied the par-4 second and sixth holes and the par-5 eighth to make the turn 3-under, then birdied three of the first four holes on the back nine and closed with birdies at the par-5 16th and 18th to leap ahead of Cook and Spaun.

Starting on the back nine, Cook birdied the par-3 15th and the par-5 16th and 18th holes to reach the turn 3-under, then birdied the par-5 fourth and eighth holes and closed with a birdie at nine.

Spaun, also a back-nine starter, opened with a birdie and matched Cook's birdie holes exactly over three of the last four entering the turn.

Spaun, still seeking his first PGA victory, then birdied the fourth and par-4 sixth to stand on 66 as well.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Charles Howell III
USA
-8
64
T2
Austin Cook
USA
-6
66
T2
J. J. Spaun
USA
-6
66
T4
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-5
67
T4
Chase Wright
USA
-5
67
T4
Davis Love III
USA
-5
67
T7
Brendon Todd
USA
-4
68
T7
Brian Harman
USA
-4
66
T7
Cameron Champ
USA
-4
68
T7
Jason Gore
USA
-4
68
T7
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-4
68
T7
Patton Kizzire
USA
-4
68
T7
Peter Uihlein
USA
-4
66
T7
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-4
68
T7
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-4
68
T16
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
69
T16
Brady Schnell
USA
-3
67
T16
Brian Gay
USA
-3
69
T16
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
69
T16
Eric Axley
USA
-3
69
T16
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
67
T16
Hank Lebioda
USA
-3
69
T16
Josh Teater
USA
-3
69
T16
Luke List
USA
-3
69
T16
Retief Goosen
RSA
-3
69
T16
Ryan Blaum
USA
-3
69
T16
Sam Saunders
USA
-3
69
T16
Scott Brown
USA
-3
69
T16
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
69
T30
Cody Gribble
USA
-2
68
T30
David Hearn
CAN
-2
68
T30
Davis Love IV
USA
-2
70
T30
Derek Fathauer
USA
-2
68
T30
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
70
T30
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T30
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
68
T30
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
70
T30
Kevin Kisner
USA
-2
70
T30
Nate Lashley
USA
-2
70
T30
Scott Langley
USA
-2
70
T30
Seamus Power
IRL
-2
70
T30
Trey Mullinax
USA
-2
70
T30
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-2
70
T30
Webb Simpson
USA
-2
68
T45
Adam Long
USA
-1
71
T45
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-1
71
T45
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
69
T45
Chris Thompson
USA
-1
71
T45
Garrett Barber
USA
-1
71
T45
Harris English
USA
-1
69
T45
Jim Herman
USA
-1
71
T45
Keith Mitchell
USA
-1
69
T45
Kyle Jones
USA
-1
71
T45
Lucas Glover
USA
-1
69
T45
Matt Jones
AUS
-1
69
T45
Matthew Every
USA
-1
69
T45
Nick Watney
USA
-1
69
T45
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-1
71
T45
Roberto Castro
USA
-1
71
T45
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
71
T45
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-1
69
T45
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-1
69
T45
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
71
T45
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
69
T65
Anders Albertson
USA
Par
70
T65
Andrew Landry
USA
Par
70
T65
Ben Griffin
CAN
Par
70
T65
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
Par
72
T65
Blake Morris
USA
Par
72
T65
Brice Garnett
USA
Par
70
T65
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
Par
70
T65
Chad Campbell
USA
Par
72
T65
Curtis Luck
AUS
Par
72
T65
D. A. Points
USA
Par
70
T65
Jamie Lovemark
USA
Par
70
T65
Jim Furyk
USA
Par
70
T65
Joey Garber
USA
Par
70
T65
John Chin
USA
Par
72
T65
John Huh
USA
Par
70
T65
Johnson Wagner
USA
Par
70
T65
Jonathan Byrd
USA
Par
72
T65
Lee Hodges
USA
Par
70
T65
Martin Piller
USA
Par
70
T65
Patrick Rodgers
USA
Par
70
T65
Shawn Stefani
USA
Par
70
T65
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
70
T87
Alex Kang
USA
1
73
T87
Alex Prugh
USA
1
73
T87
Ben Crane
USA
1
71
T87
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
73
T87
Bud Cauley
USA
1
73
T87
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
71
T87
Denny McCarthy
USA
1
73
T87
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
1
71
T87
Henrik Norlander
SWE
1
71
T87
Hunter Mahan
USA
1
71
T87
Jason Dufner
USA
1
73
T87
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
73
T87
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
1
71
T87
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
1
73
T87
Martin Trainer
USA
1
71
T87
Richy Werenski
USA
1
71
T87
Ricky Barnes
USA
1
73
T87
Robert Streb
USA
1
71
T87
Russell Henley
USA
1
71
T87
Sean O'Hair
USA
1
71
T87
Talor Gooch
USA
1
73
T87
Tim Herron
USA
1
71
T109
Alex Cejka
GER
2
74
T109
Andres Romero
ARG
2
72
T109
Bill Haas
USA
2
72
T109
Brandon Harkins
USA
2
72
T109
Chesson Hadley
USA
2
74
T109
David Lingmerth
SWE
2
72
T109
Hudson Swafford
USA
2
72
T109
J. J. Henry
USA
2
74
T109
James Driscoll
USA
2
72
T109
Jon Curran
USA
2
74
T109
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
72
T109
Julian Etulain
ARG
2
74
T109
Max Homa
USA
2
74
T109
Michael Kim
KOR
2
74
T109
Michael Thompson
USA
2
74
T109
Ryan Armour
USA
2
72
T109
Sam Burns
USA
2
72
T109
Seth Reeves
USA
2
72
T109
Stephan Jaeger
GER
2
72
T109
Stewart Cink
USA
2
74
T109
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
2
74
T109
Wyndham Clark
USA
2
72
T131
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
3
73
T131
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
73
T131
Kevin Streelman
USA
3
75
T131
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
3
75
T131
Padraig Harrington
IRL
3
75
T131
Peter Malnati
USA
3
73
T131
Sam Ryder
USA
3
75
T131
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
73
T131
Vaughn Taylor
USA
3
73
T131
Wes Roach
USA
3
73
T131
Will MacKenzie
USA
3
73
T142
Adam Svensson
CAN
4
74
T142
Brian Stuard
USA
4
74
T142
Chad Collins
USA
4
74
T142
J. T. Poston
USA
4
74
T142
Kramer Hickok
USA
4
74
T142
Sebastian Munoz
COL
4
76
T142
Tom Lovelady
USA
4
76
T149
Jim Knous
USA
5
75
T149
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
5
77
T149
Robert Garrigus
USA
5
75
T152
Scott Stallings
USA
6
76
T152
Tommy Gainey
USA
6
76
154
Peter Tarver-Jones
ENG
7
77
155
Cameron Tringale
USA
9
79
RET
Wesley Bryan
USA
Par
78
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Charles Howell III
USA
-8
64
T2
Austin Cook
USA
-6
66
T2
J. J. Spaun
USA
-6
66
T4
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-5
67
T4
Chase Wright
USA
-5
67
T4
Davis Love III
USA
-5
67
T7
Brendon Todd
USA
-4
68
T7
Brian Harman
USA
-4
66
T7
Cameron Champ
USA
-4
68
T7
Jason Gore
USA
-4
68
T7
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
-4
68
T7
Patton Kizzire
USA
-4
68
T7
Peter Uihlein
USA
-4
66
T7
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-4
68
T7
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-4
68
T16
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
69
T16
Brady Schnell
USA
-3
67
T16
Brian Gay
USA
-3
69
T16
Corey Conners
CAN
-3
69
T16
Eric Axley
USA
-3
69
T16
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
67
T16
Hank Lebioda
USA
-3
69
T16
Josh Teater
USA
-3
69
T16
Luke List
USA
-3
69
T16
Retief Goosen
RSA
-3
69
T16
Ryan Blaum
USA
-3
69
T16
Sam Saunders
USA
-3
69
T16
Scott Brown
USA
-3
69
T16
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
69
T30
Cody Gribble
USA
-2
68
T30
David Hearn
CAN
-2
68
T30
Davis Love IV
USA
-2
70
T30
Derek Fathauer
USA
-2
68
T30
Ernie Els
RSA
-2
70
T30
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-2
70
T30
Harold Varner III
USA
-2
68
T30
Joel Dahmen
USA
-2
70
T30
Kevin Kisner
USA
-2
70
T30
Nate Lashley
USA
-2
70
T30
Scott Langley
USA
-2
70
T30
Seamus Power
IRL
-2
70
T30
Trey Mullinax
USA
-2
70
T30
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-2
70
T30
Webb Simpson
USA
-2
68
T45
Adam Long
USA
-1
71
T45
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-1
71
T45
Chris Kirk
USA
-1
69
T45
Chris Thompson
USA
-1
71
T45
Garrett Barber
USA
-1
71
T45
Harris English
USA
-1
69
T45
Jim Herman
USA
-1
71
T45
Keith Mitchell
USA
-1
69
T45
Kyle Jones
USA
-1
71
T45
Lucas Glover
USA
-1
69
T45
Matt Jones
AUS
-1
69
T45
Matthew Every
USA
-1
69
T45
Nick Watney
USA
-1
69
T45
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-1
71
T45
Roberto Castro
USA
-1
71
T45
Roger Sloan
CAN
-1
71
T45
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-1
69
T45
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-1
69
T45
Tom Hoge
USA
-1
71
T45
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
69
T65
Anders Albertson
USA
Par
70
T65
Andrew Landry
USA
Par
70
T65
Ben Griffin
CAN
Par
70
T65
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
Par
72
T65
Blake Morris
USA
Par
72
T65
Brice Garnett
USA
Par
70
T65
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
Par
70
T65
Chad Campbell
USA
Par
72
T65
Curtis Luck
AUS
Par
72
T65
D. A. Points
USA
Par
70
T65
Jamie Lovemark
USA
Par
70
T65
Jim Furyk
USA
Par
70
T65
Joey Garber
USA
Par
70
T65
John Chin
USA
Par
72
T65
John Huh
USA
Par
70
T65
Johnson Wagner
USA
Par
70
T65
Jonathan Byrd
USA
Par
72
T65
Lee Hodges
USA
Par
70
T65
Martin Piller
USA
Par
70
T65
Patrick Rodgers
USA
Par
70
T65
Shawn Stefani
USA
Par
70
T65
Zach Johnson
USA
Par
70
T87
Alex Kang
USA
1
73
T87
Alex Prugh
USA
1
73
T87
Ben Crane
USA
1
71
T87
Bronson Burgoon
USA
1
73
T87
Bud Cauley
USA
1
73
T87
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
71
T87
Denny McCarthy
USA
1
73
T87
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
1
71
T87
Henrik Norlander
SWE
1
71
T87
Hunter Mahan
USA
1
71
T87
Jason Dufner
USA
1
73
T87
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
73
T87
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
1
71
T87
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
1
73
T87
Martin Trainer
USA
1
71
T87
Richy Werenski
USA
1
71
T87
Ricky Barnes
USA
1
73
T87
Robert Streb
USA
1
71
T87
Russell Henley
USA
1
71
T87
Sean O'Hair
USA
1
71
T87
Talor Gooch
USA
1
73
T87
Tim Herron
USA
1
71
T109
Alex Cejka
GER
2
74
T109
Andres Romero
ARG
2
72
T109
Bill Haas
USA
2
72
T109
Brandon Harkins
USA
2
72
T109
Chesson Hadley
USA
2
74
T109
David Lingmerth
SWE
2
72
T109
Hudson Swafford
USA
2
72
T109
J. J. Henry
USA
2
74
T109
James Driscoll
USA
2
72
T109
Jon Curran
USA
2
74
T109
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
72
T109
Julian Etulain
ARG
2
74
T109
Max Homa
USA
2
74
T109
Michael Kim
KOR
2
74
T109
Michael Thompson
USA
2
74
T109
Ryan Armour
USA
2
72
T109
Sam Burns
USA
2
72
T109
Seth Reeves
USA
2
72
T109
Stephan Jaeger
GER
2
72
T109
Stewart Cink
USA
2
74
T109
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
2
74
T109
Wyndham Clark
USA
2
72
T131
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
3
73
T131
Kelly Kraft
USA
3
73
T131
Kevin Streelman
USA
3
75
T131
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
3
75
T131
Padraig Harrington
IRL
3
75
T131
Peter Malnati
USA
3
73
T131
Sam Ryder
USA
3
75
T131
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
73
T131
Vaughn Taylor
USA
3
73
T131
Wes Roach
USA
3
73
T131
Will MacKenzie
USA
3
73
T142
Adam Svensson
CAN
4
74
T142
Brian Stuard
USA
4
74
T142
Chad Collins
USA
4
74
T142
J. T. Poston
USA
4
74
T142
Kramer Hickok
USA
4
74
T142
Sebastian Munoz
COL
4
76
T142
Tom Lovelady
USA
4
76
T149
Jim Knous
USA
5
75
T149
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
5
77
T149
Robert Garrigus
USA
5
75
T152
Scott Stallings
USA
6
76
T152
Tommy Gainey
USA
6
76
154
Peter Tarver-Jones
ENG
7
77
155
Cameron Tringale
USA
9
79
RET
Wesley Bryan
USA
Par
78