May 10 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Charles Howell III thinks par will be a good score over the weekend at TPC Sawgrass, so needless to say he was happy to get out early Friday.
Howell shot a 67 to get to 6 under halfway through THE PLAYERS Championship, which means he'll be around for the weekend for the first time since 2007 after making the cut here for just the fifth time in his career.
"We had the best weather we could ever play this course in," said Howell, whose 67 was his best score in the tournament by two strokes and just his second in the 60s. "The greens were better this morning because we had no traffic on them. But right there the last few holes, they were starting to get baked out a bit."
That includes the difficult 18th, where Howell ran his chip 20 feet past the hole before sinking the putt to save par and cap a bogey-free round.
"I putted well today," said Howell, who took five fewer putts than in the opening round with 28. "The greens were perfect this morning. It was like putting on carpet out there."
Howell has played well this season with five top 10s, including a second and third, but he's still looking for his first win since 2007.