By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — This season started out promising enough for Charles Howell III.
Howell tied for second at the Sony Open in Hawaii and looked like his first win in five years might not be far behind. Not so much.
“I played like a dog the rest of the year pretty much,” said Howell, who at one point in the middle of the year missed nine of 14 cuts.
That changed a few weeks ago, though. Howell tied for 11th at the Frys.com Open and followed with a tie for seventh at The McGladrey Classic.
“I went into the Fall Series to try to get some confidence going to prepare in the off season to play better for next year,” Howell said.
He seems to have found some.
Friday, Howell shot a 67 to get to 9 under halfway through the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Through the first two rounds here, Howell has hit 29 of 36 fairways.
“It was a struggle this year,” Howell admitted. “I’ve played a little bit better than I thought I would the last few weeks, but I’m getting some confidence back, which is always good. And I’m much more positive going into my off-season practice than I was if I had ended just right after the FedExCup.”