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Charles Howell III Takes The Early Lead At RSM

The PGA Tour’s official final tournament is off and running at The RSM Classic at Sea Island’s Seaside and Plantation courses. Charles Howell III did not seem phased by the tough conditions on Thursday. He fired an 8-under 64 and holds a two stroke lead.

It was very cold and windy during the Thursday round at The RSM Classic. The inland Plantation Course, with its tree-lined fairways, protected players from the worst of the weather, though. Plantation played nearly a stroke under par Thursday, while players averaged more than one stroke over par on the Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course.

Howell hit every fairway and every greens during his hot round on Thursday. It was the first time he has ever done that in his career. “I think sometimes playing these difficult conditions it forces you to stay a bit more present, it forces you to stay kind of in the moment a bit,” he said. “It’s hard to get too far ahead of yourself because of the difficulty of every shot coming.”

He has had a lot of success at The RSM Classic. He owns three top 10’s at this tournament and seems to be just at home on St Simons Island. He grew up just three hours away in Augusta and does own a home in the area. This just might be the week he takes home his third PGA Tour title.

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Written by Terry Sakurai

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