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December 10 2012

10:06 AM

No. 51: Charles Howell III

To preview the 2013 PGA TOUR season, PGATOUR.COM is counting down the Top 100 Players to Watch in 2013. For an archive page with the top 100 players and for an explanation on how the list was compiled, click here .

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2013 PREVIEW: Charles Howell III will be focused on ending a victory-drought that has stretched to five years in 2013. His scoring average dropped from eighth in 2011 to 44th last year while his greens in regulation dripped more than two percentage points and his rank in strokes-gained putting fell from 30th to 93rd.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: If there's ever a place Howell might be expected to get back into the winner's circle, it's at the Sony Open in Hawaii. He finished second to Johnson Wagner in that tournament last year, posting his sixth top-five finish and second runner-up in 11 starts at Waialae. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: Charles is a better player than what his record would indicate. He has trouble closing out tournaments and I don’t know why. Howell finished second in Hawaii, and then disappeared until the Frys.com Open. He did finish the year strong and maybe that’s a springboard to 2013. Howell is 105th on TOUR in final round scoring average, and that has to improve..-- Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: For a veteran that plays as often as he does -- he made 29 starts in 2012 -- you'd think he'd be an automatic buy at $1.284 million in salary games. However, he suffered a 16-event drought without a top 25 that spanned from April into October. He's carved out a living logging top 25s, averaging 11.33 per year since his rookie season of 2001. He had eight this year, but only two were top 10s to set a career low since acquiring fully exempt status. The good news is that he finished strong, but that also inflated his price tag. He's most attractive as a low-risk, predictable investment. CH3 is only 33 and has yet to finish outside the top 70 on the money list. -- Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert


2012 QUICK REVIEW

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Regular Season ranking
59th

Final Playoffs ranking
84th

Best finishes T2
Sony Open in Hawaii
By the Numbers
Starts: 29
Cuts made: 20
Rounds played: 98
Top-10 finishes: 2
Money List rank: 67th
TOUR ranking
Driving distance: 51st
Driving accuracy: 171st
Greens in regulation: 47th
Strokes gained-putting: 93rd
Scoring average: 42nd

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