Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Birthday: June 20, 1979
College: Oklahoma State University
Year turned pro: 2000
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, USA
Sponsor: Mizuno, Dunning Golf, FTI Consulting, Lexus, Flight Options, GE, Titleist, Trion Z
Born in Augusta, Georgia in 1979, Charles Gordon Howell III started playing golf at the age of seven, after being encouraged by a neighbor. After graduating from high school, Howell attended Oklahoma State University. While at college Howell had many successes in his amateur golf career. He won the NCAA Division I Golf Championship, and he was awarded the Haskins Award in 2000, in recognition of him being the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States.
After turning professional in 2000, Howell finished in third place at the John Deere Classic, which was only his third tournament. That year he won a total of $263,533 at PGA Tour events, but he wasn’t a full member of the tour, so he didn’t have an official money list ranking. Although he was still not a full Tour member the following year, Howell achieved further success, making the cut in 20 out of the 21 events he started, and earning total prize money of $1,520,632. His successes earned him the title PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
In 2002, Howell was finally a full member of the PGA Tour, and he won his first Tour event, the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. He went on to make the cut in 27 of the 32 events he entered, and won total prize money of $2,702,747, which meant he finished in 9th place on the money list. The success continued in 2003 when Howell finished in 10th place at the PGA Championship, made the cut in 29 of 31 tournaments he started, and earned $2,568,955 in prize money. In 2004 Howell’s play was steady, but he didn’t achieve the same level of success he had in previous seasons, and he finished in 33rd place on the money list.
Over the next two seasons Howell finished in 29th, then 52nd place on the money list, before starting what was to be a successful 2007 season. In the first three tournaments of the season Howell twice finished in runner-up position. He followed this with his second PGA Tour win, at the Nissan Open. That season Howell also participated in the Presidents Cup for the United States.
2008 was the season when Howell finished in only 69th place on the money list, having amassed prize money of $1,449,232. Howell’s best finish of the 2009 season was at the Transitions Championship, where he finished in a tie for second place. He achieved six top 10 finishes in 2010, and made the cut in 23 out of 28 starts. The consistent play continued into 2011 when Howell made the top 10 on seven occasions, and earned total prize money of $2,509,223. Howell went on to achieve just two top 10 finishes in 2012. This rose to five in 2013, when he finished in 38th place on the money list.
As of the end of 2014, Howell had achieved two wins on the PGA Tour, amassing prize money of $27,623,014.