Howell Commits to Australian Open

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Rising star Charles Howell III has officially committed to this years Australian Open at The Grand in Queensland from November 22-25.
 
There, the 22-year-old Augusta, Ga. native will join veterans Ernie Els, Thomas Bjorn and Robert Allenby, as well as fellow youngsters Adam Scott and Ty Tryon in the prestigious event.
 
In his first year on the U.S. PGA Tour, Howell has had already begun to turn heads.
 
Beginning the season with only a handful of sponsor exemptions upon which to compete, he has successfully earned $1.5 million in 24 events and has climbed inside the top-50 in earnings.
 
While he has not yet tasted victory, his closest moment came at Julys Greater Milwaukee Open, when he lost a playoff to Shigeki Maruyama.
 
Commented Australian Golf Union Executive Director Colin Phillips of having Howell in this years field: The media in America is building this player up as the challenger to Tigers throne, so to be able to get him out here is a real bonus.
 
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