Tiger Woods gave me a job, says Charles Howell III ahead of 600th start

Charles Howell III paid tribute to the Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson era ahead of his 600th PGA Tour start. 

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Thu, 10 Feb 2022
Tiger Woods gave me a job, says Charles Howell III ahead of 600th start

Charles Howell III paid tribute to the era of Tiger Woods as he prepares to make his 600th PGA Tour start at the WM Phoenix Open.

It's a milestone that seems difficult to believe. It was 22 years ago when he made his first start at the Canon Greater Hartford Open. 

And although he wishes he would have won more, he claims he is grateful to just have a job as Woods and Phil Mickelson catapulted golf into the mainstream. 

"I'm quite sure that the Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Gary Player era was also special," Howell III told reporters at TPC Scottsdale. 

"But to play in the Tiger era with what he did for television and the exposure of it, I mean he gave me a job. I couldn't have picked a better time.

"Looking back now, having played golf in the Tiger Woods, and I'm going to call it the Phil Mickelson era too, was incredible." 

Since 2001, he went on a remarkable streak of 20 consecutive seasons winning at least $1million in earnings. He fell short of that mark last year, but only by about $50,000 or so. 

To date, he has $41.25million in cashes. He is the 69th player in history to accomplish the feat of 600 starts. 

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Let's take a look at some stats throughout his career:

  • 461 cuts made
  • 227 top-25 finishes
  • 97 top-10s
  • 10 third-place finishes
  • Runner up on 16 occasions
  • Three wins (2002 Michelob Championship, 2007 Nissan Open, 2018 RSM Classic). 

He added: "The young players, now they come straight out and win. Viktor Hovland, he feels like a little brother to me.

"He played at Oklahoma State, as well. We may have a degree between both of us. But I have just watched him come out and win right away and go to 3 in the world.

"That new generation, I mean, I think part of it has to do with the PGA Tour. We are on so many platforms right now, there is so much access to golf.

"They have done such a great job growing the media side of it where players kind of know what they are getting into before they get here.

"When I turned pro, there is kind of a lot of unknowns, a bit like going into the Chocolate Factory, we didn't really know what's it like out there, what is it?

"Now there are so many platforms of exposure, they expose so many players so they kind of know how it is.

"You have Collin Morikawa, Rory Mcllroy, Viktor Hovland. Just look at the use of this. Golf is in such great hands.

"I was the generation, I could never imagine golf past Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

"I thought that was just the end of time when those guys get older and move on. But now we have this awesome young talent.

"It's bigger and better than ever."

So what next for HowellII? 700? 

"Yeah, I'll get there," he told reporters. "Yeah, it will take a little time, but I'll get there. I can't believe I got to 600, but I have gray hair to prove every one of those starts, yeah." 

He left his press conference to a round of applause. 

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