Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
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Howell wins RSM Classic in a playoff

Howell wins RSM Classic in a playoff

"I just haven't been able to pull it off for so long".

Howell, who held a five-shot advantage during his third round, birdied three of the last four holes to sign for a three-under 67 after dropping a shot at the first and double-bogeying the second in Georgia. "I've failed a lot of times". Then to have that chance, to get that fortune, I just thought, 'Just don't leave this one short.

Both men finished tied at the top on 19 under after Rodgers closed with a superb eight-birdie 62 to claim the clubhouse lead, and overnight-leader Howell recovered from a horrendous start to his final round to force a play-off with three straight birdies. He finished second for the third time in four years. "I'm still shocked that putt went in".

"It has been such a long building process the past year and a half". He rallied with six birdies.

Webb Simpson, this year's Players Championship victor, was third in an all-American top 10 on 264 - with Ryan Blaum and Luke List sharing fourth on 265, Cameron Champ sixth on 266 and Chase Wright, Peter Uihlein, Kevin Kisner and two-time Major victor Zach Johnson joint seventh on 267.

The 39-year-old came agonisingly close to avoiding a play-off when a birdie putt from the edge of the green curled just past the hole and he missed another from 18 feet to win it at the first extra hole.

He followed with a birdie putt of 21 feet at No. 11 and a stunning 85-foot birdie effort at the par-three 12th, another pair of back-to-back birdies at Nos.

He responded with birdies at the fifth, sixth and 10th holes to get back to par for the day before three birdies in a row from the 15th put him back amongst the leaders. I stayed aggressive and I made birdies all the way to the finish.

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