Golf Talk Live - Charles Howell III Transcript Segment 1

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 6, 2001, 4:00 pm
RICH LERNER
NOT SINCE TIGER WOODS HAS A YOUNG PLAYER GENERATED THIS MUCH BUZZ. MEET ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING YOUNG TALENTS IN THE GAME, CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD, NEXT ON GOLF TALK LIVE.

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RICH LERNER
CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD BEGAN THIS SEASON WITH NO OFFICIAL STATUS ON THE PGA TOUR. UNOFFICIALLY HIS STATUS WAS THAT OF THE HOTTEST PROSPECTS IN SOME GUY NAMED TIGER. HOW HOT? WELL WHEN HOWELL SIGNED WITH REPRESENTATIVE ROCKY HAMBRIC THE AGENT GAVE HIM 5%

OF HIS COMPANY, CALLAWAY HANDED THE YOUNGSTER WELL OVER A MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR FOR BETTER THAN FOUR YEARS. SAID TONY NAVARO, LONG TIME CADDIE FOR GREG NORMAN, THERE'S NOTHING THIS KID CAN'T DO, IT'S SCARY TO THINK ABOUT.

VETERAN ANDREW MCGEE WATCHED THE WIRY HOWELL HIT BALLS THEN PROCLAIM HE MAY HAVE THE BEST SHOULDER TURN OUT HERE. JACK NICKLAUS WAS ASKED WHO MIGHT CHALLENGE TIGER. THE ANSWER, CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD. LIKE WOODS, HOWELL GREW UP SINGLE MINDED IN HIS

PASSION FOR GOLF. THE SON OF A PEDIATRIC SURGEON FROM INTERESTINGLY, AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, HOWELL WOULD GO ON TO WIN THE NCAA INDIVIDUAL TITLE IN 2000 BY A RECORD EIGHT SHOT, HIS TEAM WINNING AS WELL. HIS OKLAHOMA STATE COACH, MIKE POLDER, CALLED HOWELL THE GREATEST

PLAYER HE'S EVER HAD, AND THE COWBOYS HAVE HAD SOME GOOD ONES THROUGH THE YEARS LIKE BOB TWAY AND SCOTT VERPLANK. THIS YEAR HOWELL'S BACKED UP ALL THE TALK, FINISHING SECOND IN MILWAUKEE AND HAVING ALREADY EARNED

ENOUGH MONEY TO SECURE HIS CARD FOR 2002. HE POSSESSES WOODS LIKE LENGTH OFF THE TEE AND UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF DAVID LEADBETTER HE'S TECHNICALLY SOUND, BUT HE'S STILL LEARNING WHEN TO ATTACK. WHEN TO LAY BACK. HOW TO

BETTER CONTROL HIS DISTANCE ON SHORT IRONS. HOW TO BETTER PLAY VARIOUS SHOTS FROM AROUND THE GREEN. RECENTLY MARRIED, HOWELL'S FEET APPEAR TO BE FIRMLY PLANTED ON THE GROUND EVEN AS HIS PROFILE CONTINUES TO GROW. HE'S AS POLITE AS HE IS TALENTED,

BUT BENEATH THE HUMBLE EXTERIOR LIES A FEARLESS COMPETITOR AND WHILE HIS STATUS AT THE START OF THIS CAMPAIGN WAS IN QUESTION, YOU WOULD DENY HIS POTENTIAL FUTURE STATUS AS ONE OF THE GREAT PLAYERS OF THE NEW ERA.

AND WELCOME TO GOLF TALK. RICH LERNER JOINED BY CHARLIE HOWELL. CHARLES, GREAT TO SEE YOU.

CHARLES HOWELL III
THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

RICH LERNER
YOU'RE AN OLD MARRIED MAN NOW.

(CHARLES AND RICH LAUGH)

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU GOT MARRIED IN JUNE, WE SAW THAT PICTURE AND CONGRATULATIONS.

CHARLES HOWELL III
THANK YOU.

RICH LERNER
HOW HAS MARRIED LIFE BEEN SO FAR?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH IT'S BEEN GREAT. IT'S, UH, WELL IT'S BEEN A WHIRLWIND SO FAR. WE GOT MARRIED IN MAUI AND HEADED STRAIGHT FROM THERE TO CROMWELL, CONNECTICUT FOR THE GREATER HARTFORD OPEN AND HADN'T BEEN HOME SINCE THEN.

RICH LERNER
AND NOW YOU OWE HEATHER, YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE, A HONEYMOON, BECAUSE YOU PUT THAT ON HOLD, DIDN'T YOU?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YEAH WE PUT THAT ONE ON HOLD PROBABLY TILL DECEMBER ON HER, SO WE'VE AL... WE HAD A SIX WEEK HONEYMOON ON THE PGA TOUR.

RICH LERNER
GREW UP IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. WHY DID YOU TAKE UNTIL SEVEN YEARS OLD TO BEGIN PLAYING GOLF IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL I'M REALLY NOT SURE HOW I, YOU KNOW MY FRIENDS AROUND ME PLAY A LOT OF SOCCER AND BASKET BALL AND YOU KNOW I GUESS I HAD TO BREAK TWO WRISTS AND TWO FINGERS IN BASKETBALL BEFORE I WISED UP.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. WHEN YOU BEGAN PLAYING, YOU STARTED, YOUR DAD'S BACKYARD?

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, WELL MY DAD BUILT A COUPLE OF PRACTICE GREENS IN OUR BACKYARD AND A PRACTICE BUNKER AND I STARTED THERE AND THEN MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS, THEY ACTUALLY, THEY WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE THAT GOT ME STARTED AND YOU KNOW,

I STARTED WITH THE WHIFFLE BALLS AND THE 7 IRON AND THE SHORT CLUBS AND ALL THAT BUT, NO, IT'S, IT STARTED AT AGE 7 AND HASN'T SLOWED DOWN SINCE.

RICH LERNER
MMM, AND DID YOUR DAD PLAY THE GAME?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO, NOT AT ALL. NO, HE'S, HE WAS A PEDIATRIC SURGEON AND YEAH MY MOM WAS A NURSE AND SO THEY REALLY DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT GOLF WAS TO BE QUITE HONEST WITH YOU, MY NEIGHBORS.

RICH LERNER
AND, AND WHAT ABOUT THE GAME DREW YOU AS A SEVEN YEAR OLD, EIGHT YEAR OLD?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE IT WAS AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT. ALL THE GLORY THAT YOU GOT AND ALL THE BLAME YOU GOT AND I'M MORE OF A LONER AND AN

INDIVIDUALISTIC TYPE PERSON AND I UH, I, I LIKE THE CREDIT BUT I CAN ALSO TAKE THE BLAME AS WELL.

RICH LERNER
ANY BROTHERS OR SISTER?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOUNGER BROTHER. HE'S 18 NOW.

RICH LERNER
IS HE A PLAYER?

CHARLES HOWELL III
NO, CAN'T STAND GOLF.

(CHARLES AND RICH LAUGH)

RICH LERNER
SO REALLY YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE IN THE FAMILY

CHARLES HOWELL III
ONLY ONE IN THE FAMILY, RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
WHO SHOWED AN INCLINATION TOWARD THE GAME.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT.

RICH LERNER
YOU, YOU WERE ALWAYS SINGLE MINDED IN YOUR PURSUIT. HOW EARLY DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO PURSUE GOLF AS A PROFESSION SOME DAY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL IT'S GOING TO SOUND WEIRD BUT WHEN I WAS SEVEN. I, YOU KNOW, I KNEW THIS WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD I WANTED TO PLAY GOLF FOR A LIVING, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW, YOU KNOW, I KNEW THAT THE

FIRST DAY I PLAYED IT I CAME HOME AND ASKED MY PARENTS FOR GOLF LESSONS AND YOU KNOW I THINK THEY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY. THEY DIDN'T, THEY THOUGHT HERE HE GOES AGAIN WITH ANOTHER SPORT. I WAS

PLAYING SOCCER AND BASKETBALL AT THE TIME BUT YOU KNOW WHEN I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD AND EIGHT I REALLY KNEW I WANTED TO PLAY THIS GAME FOREVER.

RICH LERNER
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BEGIN HAVING SUCCESS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
WELL WHEN I WAS TEN YEARS OLD I WON THE FUTURE MASTERS WHICH AT THE TIME WAS THE BIGGEST JUNIOR TOURNAMENT IN THE COUNTRY AND YOU KNOW I THINK, I THINK AT THAT AGE

WHEN I WON THAT TOURNAMENT I REALLY THOUGH I COULD DO SOMETHING AND I THOUGHT THAT YOU KNOW, I KNEW I HAD A GOD GIVEN TALENT AND FROM THEN ON IT WAS UP TO HOW MUCH I PUT INTO IT.

RICH LERNER
YEAH, YOU BEGAN SEEING DAVID LEADBETTER WHEN YOU WERE ELEVEN YEARS OLD BUT BETWEEN SEVEN AND TEN HAD YOU HAD ANY FORMAL LESSONS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
I HAD LESSONS FROM SOME TEACHERS IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, LEE HAMETT (?) WAS MY FIRST GOLF TEACHER AT A, AT A PUBLIC DRIVING RANGE IN AUGUSTA WHERE YOU COULD HIT BALLS

AT NIGHT.

RICH LERNER
SURE

CHARLES HOWELL III
THE LIGHTED RANGE YOU HIT AT THE PARK.

RICH LERNER
GREW UP AT A LIGHTED DRIVING RANGE THAT MY DAD OWNED.

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH EVERY NIGHT. YOU KNOW MY DAD AND I WERE OUT THERE AND I, MY FIRST LESSONS WERE FROM HER AND THEN I WORKED WITH AN ASSISTANT AT WESTLAKE COUNTRY CLUB NAMED GAYLA GILL FOR A WHILE AND THEN, AND THEN ONTO DAVID LEADBETTER WHEN I WAS ELEVEN, WELL HIS ACADEMY.

MY FIRST YEAR (?) I WORKED WITH SIMON HOMES AND WILL NEAL WHO WERE ASSISTANTS AT THE TIME WHEN I WAS ELEVEN AND TWELVE AND THEN I MOVED ONTO DAVID.

RICH LERNER
OKAY. YOUR FAMILY WAS A MEMBER AT AUGUSTA COUNTRY CLUB.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
WHICH IS SITUATED WHERE IN RELATION TO THE FABLED COURSE IN THAT TOWN?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH IT'S RIGHT NEXT DOOR, SO TO SPEAK. THE 9TH HOLE OF AUGUSTA COUNTRY CLUB BORDERS THE, THE 12TH GREEN AND THE 13TH TEE BOX OF AUGUSTA NATIONAL, SO IT'S CLOSE ENOUGH TO PEER INTO THE FENCE.

RICH LERNER
AND, AND WHEN DID YOU FIRST GO TO THE MASTERS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
MY FIRST MASTERS WHEN I WAS SEVEN. IT WAS THE 1987 MASTERS WHEN LARRY MIZE WON AND PRETTY SPECIAL.

RICH LERNER
AND INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, LARRY MIZE, LIKE YOU, GREW UP IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA.

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, RIGHT I HOPE THAT PROVES TO BE A GOOD SENSE OF IRONY THERE BUT NO THAT WAS A, THAT WAS MY FIRST MASTERS AND BEING HIM FROM AUGUSTA WINNING IT, IT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL TO WATCH THAT.

RICH LERNER
AND, AND HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE MASTERS PRETTY MUCH EVERY YEAR SINCE THEN?

CHARLES HOWELL III
EVERY YEAR FROM '87 UNTIL COACH HOLDRIC CONVINCED ME TO GO TO OKLAHOMA STATE, AND, I DIDN'T GET TO GO TILL WHEN I WAS OUT OF SCHOOL BUT EVERY YEAR FROM '87 UNTIL I WENT TO SCHOOL.

RICH LERNER
YEAH. WHICH MASTERS STANDS OUT MOST TO YOU WHEN YOU LOOK BACK AT THE ONES THAT YOU HAVE SEEN WITH YOUR OWN TWO EYES IN PERSON?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW I'D HAVE TO SAY THE '96 MASTERS WHEN NICK FALDO BEAT GREG NORMAN. THAT WAS, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE THERE. I COULDN'T, YOU KNOW THE ONE WHEN LARRY MIZE

WON AND CHIPPED IN THAT MEANT A LOT BUT WHEN GREG, WHEN GREG LOST THAT IT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS, THAT TORE MY HEART OUT BECAUSE I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT AND YOU KNOW, THAT MASTERS RIGHT THERE SHOWS YOU WHAT KIND OF GAME THIS IS, THAT IT'S A,

IT'S AN UNBELIEVABLE MASTERS. IT'S, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN AND, I MEAN IT'S, YOU KNOW IT'S THE GAME OF GOLF.

RICH LERNER
WHAT, WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENED ON THAT DAY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW. IT'S UH, IT SHOWS YOU HOW THIS GAME IS AND HOW MUCH MENTAL IT IS AND YOU KNOW GREG IS THIS UNBELIEVABLY TOUGH COMPETITOR AND SO WAS NICK FALDO AND I MEAN IT JUST SHOWS

YOU HOW WHEN MOMENTUM STARTS GOING ONE WAY IT, IT CAN GET OUT OF HAND.

RICH LERNER
OBVIOUSLY THE MASTERS REMAINS A DREAM FOR YOU

CHARLES HOWELL III
SURE

RICH LERNER
TO WIN THAT SOME DAY.

CHARLES HOWELL III
SURE

RICH LERNER
I KNOW YOU, IN, IN, IN PAST INTERVIEWS YOU WOULD NOT ARTICULATE ANY PARTICULAR DESIRE TO WIN ANY TOURNAMENT

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
THAT THAT IS A GIVEN BECAUSE

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT

RICH LERNER
BECAUSE YOU, YOU WANT TO BE THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, BUT THE MASTERS YOU'RE WILLING TO GO ON RECORD AS SAYING YES

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH NO I UH

RICH LERNER
THAT'S WHAT I WANT

CHARLES HOWELL III
I'VE JOKED AROUND AND SAID IF I WIN THE MASTERS I'LL RETIRE

THE DAY AFTER

RICH LERNER
(LAUGHS)

CHARLES HOWELL III
BUT, NO THE MASTERS THAT, THAT'D MEAN MORE TO ME THAN ANYTHING. I HAVE TO WIN THERE. I MEAN THAT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE GROWING UP IN AUGUSTA AND ALL THE,

MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WATCHED ME GROW UP AND YOU KNOW THE PEOPLE THAT SAID I COULD MAKE IT AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE THAT SAID I COULDN'T MAKE IT.

RICH LERNER
THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO SAID YOU COULD NOT MAKE IT?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH SURE, I MEAN I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS, I'M, I'M NO BIG PHYSICAL SPECIMEN NOW, BUT WHEN I WAS TEN, ELEVEN YEARS OLD, HE'S TOO SMALL, HE CAN'T HIT IT FAR ENOUGH AND ALL THOSE (?).

RICH LERNER
WELL YOU, YOU WERE ABOUT WHAT, A BUCK TWENTY UNTIL YOU WERE MAYBE 17, 18 YEARS OLD AND BEFORE YOU STARTED LIFTING WEIGHTS?

CHARLES HOWELL III
RIGHT, THAT, IT'S, IT'S ABOUT RIGHT. I WAS, WHEN I ENTERED SCHOOL I WAS 135 POUNDS, I DO KNOW THAT FOR SURE.

RICH LERNER
SO PEOPLE MUST HAVE LOOKED AT YOU AND SAID, WHO'S THIS GUY?

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH YEAH, OH I, I GOT A LOT OF THAT.

RICH LERNER
AND THEN THEY WATCH YOU HIT A BALL ABOUT 325 YARDS AND THEY GO OH THAT'S WHO HE IS.

CHARLES HOWELL III
OH

RICH LERNER
ALRIGHT. WE'RE TALKING WITH CHARLES HOWELL. WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HIS WORK WITH DAVID LEADBETTER. WHAT GOES INTO THE MAKING OF A GREAT YOUNG GOLFING STAR AND HE MENTIONED HIS VICTORY AT THE FUTURE MASTERS. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU A

QUICK LOOK AS WE HEAD TO BREAK AT CHARLES HOWELL THE THIRD WHEN HE WAS A MERE LAD OF TEN YEARS OF AGE. A GOLF PRODIGY IN THE MAKING. STAY WITH US. WE'RE BACK WITH CHARLIE IN JUST A MOMENT.

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Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.

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Rahm (62) fires career low round

By Will GrayJanuary 19, 2018, 12:03 am

The scores were predictably low during the opening round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, where the top-ranked player in the field currently sits atop the standings. Here's how things look after the first day in Palm Springs as Jon Rahm is out to an early advantage:

Leaderboard: Jon Rahm (-10), Austin Cook (-9), Andrew Landry (-9), Jason Kokrak (-9), Brandon Harkins (-8), Martin Piller (-8), Aaron Wise (-8), Beau Hossler (-8)

What it means: Rahm is coming off a runner-up finish two weeks ago at Kapalua, and he picked up right where he left off with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta Country Club. It marked his lowest career round on the PGA Tour, and it gave him a one-shot lead heading to the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Cook is the only player within two shots of Rahm who has won already on Tour.

Round of the day: Rahm got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under, and he made it around La Quinta without dropping a shot. The 62 bettered his previous career low on Tour by two shots and it included an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole to go along with eight birdies.

Best of the rest: Cook was a winner earlier this season at the RSM Classic, and he's now in the mix for trophy No. 2 following a 9-under 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. Like Rahm, he opened with a seven-hole stretch at 6 under and turned in a scorecard without a bogey. He'll now head to the more difficult Stadium Course for his second round.

Biggest disappointment: Patrick Reed blitzed the three-course rotation in Palm Springs en route to his first career Tour title back in 2014, but he's unlikely to repeat that feat after opening with a 2-over 74 on the Nicklaus Tournament course. Reed made only one birdie against three bogeys and was one of only 32 players in the 156-man field who failed to break par in the opening round.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Rahm deserves the spotlight, as he entered the week as one of the event's headliners and did nothing to lose that billing in the opening round. But the pack of contenders is sure to keep pace, while players like Phil Mickelson (-2) will look to put up a low score in order to build some momentum heading into the weekend.

Shot of the day: Wesley Bryan's 7-under 65 on the Nicklaus Tournament course was helped in large part by an eagle on the par-4 10th, where he holed a 54-degree wedge from 112 yards away. Bryan went on to birdie the next hole amid a five-hole stretch of 5 under play.

Quote of the day: "Shot 10 under par. There's not much more I can ask for." - Rahm

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Recent winner Cook contending at CareerBuilder

By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 11:45 pm

Patton Kizzire is currently the only two-time PGA Tour winner this season, but Austin Cook hopes to join him this week at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook won for the first time in November at the RSM Classic, a victory that catapaulted him from the Web.com Tour graduate category into an entirely new echelon. Cook notched a pair of top-25 finishes over the last two weeks in Hawaii, and he's again in the mix after an opening 63 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course left him one shot behind Jon Rahm.

"Today was great," Cook told reporters. "The conditions were perfect, but I always loved desert golf and I was just hitting the ball well and seeing good lines on the greens and hitting good putts."

Cook got off to a fast start, playing his first seven holes in 6 under highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 fourth hole. He briefly entertained the notion of a sub-60 round after birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 before closing with six pars and a birdie.


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Cook was a relative unknown before his victory at Sea Island earlier this season, but now with the flexibility and confidence afforded by a win he hopes to build on his burgeoning momentum this week in California.

"That was a big, proud moment for myself, knowing that I can finish a tournament," Cook said. "I think it was one of those things that I've proven to myself that now I can do it, and it just meant the world to me."

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Photo: Fleetwood's phone cover is picture of Bjorn

By Jason CrookJanuary 18, 2018, 11:40 pm

There's phone covers and then there are Phone Covers.

Paul Casey has himself a Phone Cover, showing off the protective case that features a picture of his wife at last year's U.S. Open.

Now, it appears, Tommy Fleetwood has joined the movement.

Fleetwood, last year's season-long Race to Dubai winner, has a phone cover with a picture of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn on it. And not even a current Thomas Bjorn. This is a young Bjorn. A hair-having Bjorn.

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The 26-year-old is a virtual lock for this year's European Ryder Cup team, but just in case, he's carrying around a phone with a picture of the team captain attached to the back of it.

It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him.