PGA Tour

RSM Classic 2018

November 15-18

Sea Island Golf Club, Saint Simons Island, Georgia

$6,400,000

November 15-18

Sea Island Golf Club, Saint Simons Island, Georgia

$6,400,000

Round 4

Charles Howell ended 11-year PGA Tour win drought on Sunday

November 18, 2018

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

The 39-year-old American had not won since Riviera in 2007 -- a gap of 4,291 days -- and had lost four of five prior playoffs before conquering compatriot Patrick Rodgers to win at Sea Island, Georgia.

"I just don't even know (how I did it). I haven't been able to pull it off in so long," Howell said before breaking down in tears.

"It means a lot because I hung in there. It means I can still win out here."

Squandering his lead with a bogey-double bogey start, Howell battled back all day to match Rodgers, whose 61-62 weekend nearly took him to his first PGA title.

"To hang in there and turn it around, I needed some good fortune on my side and fortunately I had it," Howell said. "I've failed a lot of times. It was different today."

Howell also secured a berth in his hometown event -- next year's Masters at Augusta, Georgia -- for the first time since 2012 by ending his drought after 333 events and 1,154 rounds.

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 playoff hole before his sank the last.

"I had messed up the first two," Howell said. "I was thinking whatever I do, don't leave it short."

"I'm still shocked that putt went in."

It was the third career PGA win for Howell, whose first came in 2002 at Williamsburg, Virginia.

- Rodgers 'gutted' -

Rodgers, 26, matched his career-best PGA finish with the runner-up effort after failing in his first PGA playoff.

"It has been such a long building process the past year and a half. All the hard work paid off with how well I played this week," Rodgers said. "I'm gutted to not get it done but congrats to Charles."

Rodgers and Howell entered the playoff after each finished 72 holes on 19-under 263 on the Seaside and Plantation courses at Sea Island, Georgia.

Webb Simpson, this year's Players Championship winner, was third in an all-American top 10 on 264 with Ryan Blaum and Luke List sharing fourth on 265, Cameron Champ sixth on 266 and Chase Wright, Peter Uihlein, Kevin Kisner and two-time major winner Zach Johnson in seventh on 267.

In a bogey-free final round, Rodgers blasted out of a bunker to birdie to par-4 second, sank a four-foot birdie putt sat the par-5 seventh and drained a 45-foot birdie putt at the par-4 ninth.

Rodgers followed with a birdie putt of 21 feet and 11 and a stunning 85-foot birdie effort at the par-3 12th, another another pair of back-to-back birdies at 14 aqnd 15 and closed with a seven-foot birdie putt to finish off his 62.

Howell opened bogey-double bogey to squander his early lead, battling back even as Rodgers charged. He made the shots back with bordies at the fifth and sixth, the latter from 21 feet, and another from 24 feet to begin the back nine. He birdied three in a row starting at 15 to match Rodgers for the lead and a closing par set up the playoff.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Charles Howell III
USA
-19
64
64
68
67
263
2
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-19
70
70
61
62
263
3
Webb Simpson
USA
-18
68
68
63
65
264
T4
Luke List
USA
-17
69
68
63
65
265
T4
Ryan Blaum
USA
-17
69
65
65
66
265
6
Cameron Champ
USA
-16
68
63
66
69
266
T7
Chase Wright
USA
-15
67
69
67
64
267
T7
Kevin Kisner
USA
-15
70
69
63
65
267
T7
Peter Uihlein
USA
-15
66
71
67
63
267
T7
Zach Johnson
USA
-15
70
66
65
66
267
T11
Austin Cook
USA
-14
66
73
65
64
268
T11
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-14
71
66
65
66
268
T11
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-14
67
68
67
66
268
T11
Lucas Glover
USA
-14
69
67
67
65
268
T15
Anders Albertson
USA
-13
70
66
66
67
269
T15
David Hearn
CAN
-13
68
66
67
68
269
T15
Hunter Mahan
USA
-13
71
67
67
64
269
T15
Jason Gore
USA
-13
68
63
66
72
269
T15
Matthew Every
USA
-13
69
69
65
66
269
T15
Patton Kizzire
USA
-13
68
72
63
66
269
T15
Richy Werenski
USA
-13
71
69
63
66
269
T15
Ryan Armour
USA
-13
72
66
67
64
269
T23
Adam Schenk
USA
-12
69
69
67
65
270
T23
Brian Gay
USA
-12
69
67
65
69
270
T23
Corey Conners
CAN
-12
69
67
70
64
270
T23
Harold Varner III
USA
-12
68
70
66
66
270
T23
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-12
72
67
66
65
270
T23
Kyle Jones
USA
-12
71
68
65
66
270
T23
Nick Watney
USA
-12
69
64
72
65
270
T23
Scott Langley
USA
-12
70
67
67
66
270
T23
Troy Merritt
USA
-12
69
68
69
64
270
T32
Brian Harman
USA
-11
66
68
73
64
271
T32
Hank Lebioda
USA
-11
69
68
69
65
271
T32
Martin Piller
USA
-11
70
67
69
65
271
T32
Robert Streb
USA
-11
71
67
66
67
271
T32
Scott Brown
USA
-11
69
70
66
66
271
T37
Brice Garnett
USA
-10
70
65
73
64
272
T37
Derek Fathauer
USA
-10
68
68
67
69
272
T37
Ernie Els
RSA
-10
70
66
72
64
272
T37
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-10
70
68
68
66
272
T37
J. J. Spaun
USA
-10
66
71
66
69
272
T37
Joel Dahmen
USA
-10
70
67
68
67
272
T37
Sam Burns
USA
-10
72
67
67
66
272
T37
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-10
68
69
68
67
272
T37
Tom Hoge
USA
-10
71
68
66
67
272
T46
Ben Crane
USA
-9
71
67
68
67
273
T46
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-9
72
68
65
68
273
T46
Chris Kirk
USA
-9
69
70
67
67
273
T46
Denny McCarthy
USA
-9
73
67
68
65
273
T46
Harris English
USA
-9
69
70
67
67
273
T46
Sean O'Hair
USA
-9
71
65
70
67
273
T46
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-9
69
70
65
69
273
T46
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-9
68
70
69
66
273
T54
Brendon Todd
USA
-8
68
69
69
68
274
T54
Davis Love IV
USA
-8
70
70
64
70
274
T54
Henrik Norlander
SWE
-8
71
66
72
65
274
T54
Johnson Wagner
USA
-8
70
67
67
70
274
T54
Lee Hodges
USA
-8
70
68
70
66
274
T59
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-7
67
72
65
71
275
T59
Andrew Landry
USA
-7
70
70
68
67
275
T59
Nate Lashley
USA
-7
70
70
65
70
275
T59
Roberto Castro
USA
-7
71
67
68
69
275
T59
Sam Saunders
USA
-7
69
70
67
69
275
T59
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-7
69
70
68
68
275
T65
Davis Love III
USA
-6
67
71
70
68
276
T65
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-6
70
69
68
69
276
T65
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-6
73
66
69
68
276
T65
Trey Mullinax
USA
-6
70
68
74
64
276
T65
Wyndham Clark
USA
-6
72
66
71
67
276
70
Roger Sloan
CAN
-5
71
69
71
66
277
T71
Cody Gribble
USA
-4
68
71
69
70
278
T71
D. A. Points
USA
-4
70
68
70
70
278
T71
Seth Reeves
USA
-4
72
68
68
70
278
T74
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-3
71
69
71
68
279
T74
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
69
71
73
66
279
T76
Garrett Barber
USA
-2
71
65
71
73
280
T76
Hudson Swafford
USA
-2
72
68
68
72
280
78
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-1
71
69
69
72
281
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
-1
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Ben Griffin
CAN
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Blake Morris
USA
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
-1
67
74
-
-
141
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
-1
71
70
-
-
141
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-1
72
69
-
-
141
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
-1
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
-1
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
75
66
-
-
141
CUT
Retief Goosen
RSA
-1
69
72
-
-
141
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
-1
73
68
-
-
141
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-1
70
71
-
-
141
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
74
68
-
-
142
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
Par
72
70
-
-
142
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
Par
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
John Huh
USA
Par
70
72
-
-
142
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
Par
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
Par
69
73
-
-
142
CUT
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
74
68
-
-
142
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
Par
71
71
-
-
142
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
Par
74
68
-
-
142
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
Par
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
Par
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Will MacKenzie
USA
Par
73
69
-
-
142
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
1
72
71
-
-
143
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Jim Knous
USA
1
75
68
-
-
143
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
1
70
73
-
-
143
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
1
69
74
-
-
143
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
1
68
75
-
-
143
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
1
75
68
-
-
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
1
74
69
-
-
143
CUT
Tim Herron
USA
1
71
72
-
-
143
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
2
74
70
-
-
144
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
2
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
2
74
70
-
-
144
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
2
74
70
-
-
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
2
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
John Chin
USA
2
72
72
-
-
144
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
2
77
67
-
-
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
2
76
68
-
-
144
CUT
Wes Roach
USA
2
73
71
-
-
144
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
3
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
3
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
3
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
3
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Jon Curran
USA
3
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
Julian Etulain
ARG
3
74
71
-
-
145
CUT
Ricky Barnes
USA
3
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
3
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Adam Long
USA
4
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
4
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
James Driscoll
USA
4
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Max Homa
USA
4
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
4
76
70
-
-
146
CUT
Eric Axley
USA
5
69
78
-
-
147
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
5
76
71
-
-
147
CUT
Alex Kang
USA
6
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Tommy Gainey
USA
6
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Chad Campbell
USA
7
72
77
-
-
149
CUT
Chad Collins
USA
7
74
75
-
-
149
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
7
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
7
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
7
72
77
-
-
149
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
7
74
75
-
-
149
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
8
79
71
-
-
150
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
8
70
80
-
-
150
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
9
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
11
73
80
-
-
153
CUT
Peter Tarver-Jones
ENG
11
77
76
-
-
153
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
11
73
80
-
-
153
RET
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
Par
75
-
-
-
75
RET
Wesley Bryan
USA
Par
78
-
-
-
78
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Charles Howell III
USA
-19
67
263
2
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-19
62
263
3
Webb Simpson
USA
-18
65
264
T4
Luke List
USA
-17
65
265
T4
Ryan Blaum
USA
-17
66
265
6
Cameron Champ
USA
-16
69
266
T7
Chase Wright
USA
-15
64
267
T7
Kevin Kisner
USA
-15
65
267
T7
Peter Uihlein
USA
-15
63
267
T7
Zach Johnson
USA
-15
66
267
T11
Austin Cook
USA
-14
64
268
T11
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
-14
66
268
T11
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-14
66
268
T11
Lucas Glover
USA
-14
65
268
T15
Anders Albertson
USA
-13
67
269
T15
David Hearn
CAN
-13
68
269
T15
Hunter Mahan
USA
-13
64
269
T15
Jason Gore
USA
-13
72
269
T15
Matthew Every
USA
-13
66
269
T15
Patton Kizzire
USA
-13
66
269
T15
Richy Werenski
USA
-13
66
269
T15
Ryan Armour
USA
-13
64
269
T23
Adam Schenk
USA
-12
65
270
T23
Brian Gay
USA
-12
69
270
T23
Corey Conners
CAN
-12
64
270
T23
Harold Varner III
USA
-12
66
270
T23
Jonathan Byrd
USA
-12
65
270
T23
Kyle Jones
USA
-12
66
270
T23
Nick Watney
USA
-12
65
270
T23
Scott Langley
USA
-12
66
270
T23
Troy Merritt
USA
-12
64
270
T32
Brian Harman
USA
-11
64
271
T32
Hank Lebioda
USA
-11
65
271
T32
Martin Piller
USA
-11
65
271
T32
Robert Streb
USA
-11
67
271
T32
Scott Brown
USA
-11
66
271
T37
Brice Garnett
USA
-10
64
272
T37
Derek Fathauer
USA
-10
69
272
T37
Ernie Els
RSA
-10
64
272
T37
Fabian Gomez
ARG
-10
66
272
T37
J. J. Spaun
USA
-10
69
272
T37
Joel Dahmen
USA
-10
67
272
T37
Sam Burns
USA
-10
66
272
T37
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-10
67
272
T37
Tom Hoge
USA
-10
67
272
T46
Ben Crane
USA
-9
67
273
T46
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-9
68
273
T46
Chris Kirk
USA
-9
67
273
T46
Denny McCarthy
USA
-9
65
273
T46
Harris English
USA
-9
67
273
T46
Sean O'Hair
USA
-9
67
273
T46
Stuart Appleby
AUS
-9
69
273
T46
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
-9
66
273
T54
Brendon Todd
USA
-8
68
274
T54
Davis Love IV
USA
-8
70
274
T54
Henrik Norlander
SWE
-8
65
274
T54
Johnson Wagner
USA
-8
70
274
T54
Lee Hodges
USA
-8
66
274
T59
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
-7
71
275
T59
Andrew Landry
USA
-7
67
275
T59
Nate Lashley
USA
-7
70
275
T59
Roberto Castro
USA
-7
69
275
T59
Sam Saunders
USA
-7
69
275
T59
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
-7
68
275
T65
Davis Love III
USA
-6
68
276
T65
Jamie Lovemark
USA
-6
69
276
T65
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-6
68
276
T65
Trey Mullinax
USA
-6
64
276
T65
Wyndham Clark
USA
-6
67
276
70
Roger Sloan
CAN
-5
66
277
T71
Cody Gribble
USA
-4
70
278
T71
D. A. Points
USA
-4
70
278
T71
Seth Reeves
USA
-4
70
278
T74
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
-3
68
279
T74
Tyler Duncan
USA
-3
66
279
T76
Garrett Barber
USA
-2
73
280
T76
Hudson Swafford
USA
-2
72
280
78
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
-1
72
281
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Ben Griffin
CAN
-1
-
141
CUT
Blake Morris
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Chris Thompson
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
-1
-
141
CUT
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-1
-
141
CUT
Keith Mitchell
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-1
-
141
CUT
Retief Goosen
RSA
-1
-
141
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
-1
-
141
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Talor Gooch
USA
-1
-
141
CUT
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-1
-
141
CUT
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
-
142
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
Par
-
142
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
Par
-
142
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
John Huh
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
Par
-
142
CUT
Josh Teater
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Kramer Hickok
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Vaughn Taylor
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Will MacKenzie
USA
Par
-
142
CUT
Bill Haas
USA
1
-
143
CUT
J. T. Poston
USA
1
-
143
CUT
Jim Knous
USA
1
-
143
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
1
-
143
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
1
-
143
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
1
-
143
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
1
-
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
USA
1
-
143
CUT
Tim Herron
USA
1
-
143
CUT
Brian Stuard
USA
2
-
144
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
2
-
144
CUT
Chesson Hadley
USA
2
-
144
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
2
-
144
CUT
Jason Dufner
USA
2
-
144
CUT
John Chin
USA
2
-
144
CUT
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
2
-
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
2
-
144
CUT
Wes Roach
USA
2
-
144
CUT
Adam Svensson
CAN
3
-
145
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
3
-
145
CUT
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
3
-
145
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
3
-
145
CUT
Jon Curran
USA
3
-
145
CUT
Julian Etulain
ARG
3
-
145
CUT
Ricky Barnes
USA
3
-
145
CUT
Russell Henley
USA
3
-
145
CUT
Adam Long
USA
4
-
146
CUT
Bud Cauley
USA
4
-
146
CUT
James Driscoll
USA
4
-
146
CUT
Max Homa
USA
4
-
146
CUT
Sebastian Munoz
COL
4
-
146
CUT
Eric Axley
USA
5
-
147
CUT
Tom Lovelady
USA
5
-
147
CUT
Alex Kang
USA
6
-
148
CUT
Tommy Gainey
USA
6
-
148
CUT
Chad Campbell
USA
7
-
149
CUT
Chad Collins
USA
7
-
149
CUT
Kevin Streelman
USA
7
-
149
CUT
Robert Garrigus
USA
7
-
149
CUT
Stephan Jaeger
GER
7
-
149
CUT
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
7
-
149
CUT
Cameron Tringale
USA
8
-
150
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
8
-
150
CUT
Michael Kim
KOR
9
-
151
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
11
-
153
CUT
Peter Tarver-Jones
ENG
11
-
153
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
11
-
153
RET
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
Par
-
75
RET
Wesley Bryan
USA
Par
-
78