Howell fires 64 again to extend RSM Classic lead


Gore was headed to Pebble Beach for an mixed invitational event until getting word that he was in the RSM Classic.

Champ birdied his last four holes for a 7-under 63. "I knew the guys would make birdies and close the gap if I didn't get going, and that's what happened". This is fun for me. Gore plays a lot of golf with clients, and it restored some of the fun in the game that beat him up over the years.

"I'm rolling the ball the best I ever had, and I'm also hitting quality shots", Champ said. He already has one victory, the Sanderson Farms Championship in MS in his second start as a tour member, and was in range in Las Vegas and Mexico.

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.

Charles Howell snapped an 11-year US PGA Tour win drought in epic fashion, sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to capture the RSM Classic. "I haven't been able to pull it off in so long", Howell said before breaking down in tears.

SHORT SHOTS: Nick Watney jumps 41 spots to solo fourth at 9 under thanks to a Friday 8-under 64 at Plantation.

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Howell, 39, said he could not remember two days of better ball-striking during his almost two-decade long professional career, which has reaped more than $35 million in prize money.

Four hours later, he was reminded why winning never comes easily, especially for someone who has gone more than 11 years and 332 starts since his last victory. This is only the fifth time he's had the 36-hole lead, and the first time since the 2003 Tour Championship.

"I've nearly done everything in my career, but playing with a lead isn't one thing I've really done a whole lot", said Howell, whose last victory came in the 2007 Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club near Los Angeles.

Since then he has notched 53 top-10s and six second-place finishes.

"I have a chance to win the tournament, and I'd have taken that Thursday morning", Howell said.