Originally created 06/18/04

Howell off to a tough start



SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. - Charles Howell has been playing catch-up from the start, and he has 23 holes this morning to make up some serious ground.

Howell started his fourth U.S. Open with four consecutive bogeys and was 5-over par through 13 holes when play was suspended because of fog Thursday evening at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

"I just got off to a bad start and struggled," Howell said. "I kind of hung in there and have a lot of holes left in the morning to get something going."

Starting in the afternoon when the course was playing dryer and faster, Howell missed his first four greens in regulation and suffered bogeys as a consequence. He parred the next seven holes in a row before a thunderstorm suspended play for more than two hours. He came back out and bogeyed the 12th hole on the restart. He parred No. 13 before played was called, leaving him tied for 106th overnight.

Howell, one of 57 golfers left on the course, will resume his first round at 7 this morning. He will make a quick turnaround and tee off the 10th tee at 8:30 a.m. in the second round.

"It will be nice to come out early and get going," he said.