Howell was born on June 20, 1979 and raised in Augusta, Georgia. It seems fitting, then, that he’d become a professional golfer. Growing up a few miles away from National Golf Club, home of the Masters, a young Charles Howell III was inspired. He was as member of Augusta Country Club, which is adjacent to Amen Corner. His next door neighbor, Graham Hill, first introduced him to golf at the young age of 7. With an inspiring knack for the game, Howell won five tournaments before his 11th birthday. He shot his first sub-70 tournament round at age 10, the same year he began taking lessons from instructor David Leadbetter.

Howell is a graduate of Westminster Schools of Augusta and Oklahoma State University. In the year 2000, Howell was a member of Oklahoma State’s winning team. Additionally, he was the individual winner at the NCAA Division I Golf Championships that year—with a record-setting 23-under-par performance. That same year he won the Haskins Award, honoring the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States.

Charles Howell III played several professional events as an amateur, competing in his first PGA TOUR event at the young age of 17. He ultimately turned professional in the year 2000, playing in his first tournament at the Canon Greater Hartford Open. Howell is currently active on the professional golf circuit. He resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Heather, and their two children.