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Clash of the Generations

The 2004 PGA Tour will continue to be a battleground between the Young Guns and the pop guns
Jeff Williams
From the Print Edition:
Tyson vs. King, Jan/Feb 04

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Charles Howell III: Young Gun

 

You would think that just by growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Howell would have the pedigree to be a professional golfer of the highest order. Born in the birthplace of the Masters tournament, Howell was a natural. In 2000, he won the NCAA Championship as a junior at Oklahoma State and was the Big 12 Player of the Year.

After turning professional in 2001, Howell broke through to win the 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill. The 24-year-old had a steady 2003 season and finished second at the Nissan Open in Pacific Palisades, California, losing a playoff to the very hot Mike Weir. Howell also qualified for the U.S. squad in the Presidents Cup competition against the International team in South Africa.

Howell is 2-iron thin and driver-strong. At 5-foot-11 and less than 160 pounds, he can pound the ball out there with the best of them.

So what that he wears bad plaids and gives Jesper Parnevik a run in the design disaster department. When you have the strength, touch and desire of a Charles Howell, the only fashionable thing is winning.

When Howell won in 2002, he was one of 18 first-time winners on the Tour, which included many young players. He's acutely aware of how vulnerable the Young Guns are to the Pop Guns. "You know, [in 2002] everyone was saying it was the year of the young player and the first-time winners, and the older players are done," says Howell. "And they are writing all of these guys off, and now look what's happened. It's amazing."

Kenny Perry: Pop Gun


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