Originally created 08/15/04

PGA Championship notebook



HAVEN, Wis. - Much like his lakefront home in Orlando, Fla., Charles Howell managed to stand still in the eye of the storm Saturday.

That was good for his house, but in the fast-forward PGA Championship, much of the field passed him by.

Playing with a fan phenom Phil Mickelson for the second time in the third round of major this season, Howell failed to get anything going on another perfect day for scoring at Whistling Straits.

Howell shot even-par 72 on Saturday, despite starting with two birdies in the first three holes, leaving him at 3-under 213. Only two players in the top 40 on the leaderboard shot over par in the third round, and Howell was one of only six others to fire even.

"I got off to a good start and just didn't do a whole lot from there," Howell said. "I just didn't quite get the scoring button going. It was really close but not quite there."

Howell played fairly well and stayed away from most of the trouble on the links-style course despite hitting only nine greens in regulation. The only trouble spots he got in, on Nos. 9, 15 and 18, led to the only bogeys of his day.

Mickelson, as usual, drew immense galleries and ovations all around the course as he made a charge up the leaderboard just as he did with Howell in the Masters Tournament in April. Mickelson went out in 5-under on the front but failed to gain any more ground on the back.

Howell looked ready to keep pace with Mickelson and feed off the emotion, but he didn't give himself enough close chances to make birdies. Most of his missed greens were around the fringes.

DALY SHOWS CHARITY: It began with a magnanimous and individual gesture in the parking lot at Whistling Straits by John Daly a week ago. It's now turned into a groundswell of support for a 2-year-old girl.

Club pro Bruce Smith of Lewisville, Texas, who missed the PGA Championship cut Friday, played several practice holes with Daly and mentioned that he and his wife run a charity golf tournament for their daughter, Kennedy, who suffers from a lymphatic malformation of her face and must undergo a series of costly corrective surgeries. Smith thought Daly was only going to give him some autographed hats or balls to auction at the tournament, but Daly also gave Smith $1,000 cash for the tournament.

Word got out, and fans at the PGA responded. During Smith's rounds Thursday and Friday, fans and volunteers stopped Smith between holes and pressed cash into his hands with the simple words: "This is for Kennedy."