Charles Howell III handed in a 1-over-par 36-36=72 after today's final round of the Valspar Championship to post 3-under 281, good for a two-way T5.
CH3 was T1 with two others after day one, T6 after day two, and entered the finale T5, four adrift of 54-hole leader Bill Haas. Looking for his third TOUR title in his 459th pro start, and first since forever (2007, Nissan Open), Howell III opened with 13 consecutive pars. Now, it was windy, gusty even, and pars were a good score, but he didn't record his lone par breaker until the par-5 14th -- from 30 inches -- and immediately gave it back, and some, with back-to-back failed scrambles on 15 and 16. The 36-year-old finished the week T44 in birdies with 10 (one each in rounds two and four), but T3 in total bogeys with just seven. He ranked seventh in strokes gained: tee-to-green, but 40th in SGP and 56th in putts per GIR. His T5 is a season best on 12 starts, third top 10, and incredibly, ninth top 25.