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The Tour Report

October 15 2011

12:55 PM

Howell gets back on track in Round 3

By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Much like playing partner and longtime rival Jonathan Byrd, Charles Howell III felt that he’d left a lot of shots on the Seaside Course in the first two rounds of the McGladrey Classic. Howell had five bogeys in his first two rounds but had just one Saturday in a 4-under 66 that got him to 5 under for the week. The 32-year-old, making his first start since the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola, has made his last 14 cuts dating back to late May. That streak spans two majors, all four events of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup and picked back up this week at Sea Island.
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“This game, it’s hard to pinpoint (what’s changed),” Howell said. “But I’ve worked steady and I’ve worked hard this year. I made a switch to a belly putter around May and it’s helped me a bit. It’s helped my consistency. It’s such a fickle game, it’s hard to pinpoint it.” During this stretch, Howell has picked up five top-10 finishes bringing his season total to seven. An eighth at Sea Island would be a new career high and Howell is hoping mother nature cooperates and helps him to be in position Sunday. “We may get a bit of wind today,” Howell said. “There are some young guys atop the leaderboard. If they go out there and play well, they’ll pull away and make it harder to catch them. But I’d like to see the wind blow a bit more this afternoon to make it interesting.”