Howell, Van Pelt finish strong at Aronimink

Charles Howell III tees off on the third hole during the final round of the AT&T National at Aronimink. (AP Photo/Barbara Johnston)

Charles Howell III saved his best for last.

He was steady over the first three days at the AT&T National, with rounds of 2-under (68), 2-under (68) and 1-under (69), before he finished with a 4-under 66 on Sunday, pushing his total scores to 9-under on the tournament. He was comfortably in the top 5, but three shots behind the leader Nick Watney at 12-under.

Howell birdied Nos. 1, 6, 9 and 16, and didn’t have a bogey. He took his chances when he could and didn’t mess around on the tougher holes.

His first round ended with a 58-foot birdie putt on 18, and he was one of the few players not to explode on Saturday with a really low score.

Another one of those types was Bo Van Pelt. He shot a 1-over 71 on Saturday when all of the records were falling at Aronimink. And on Sunday, when the greens firmed up again, he shot a 2-under 68, to put him at 6-under on the tournament.

Van Pelt’s putter was more useful on Sunday as he used 29 putts to finish out his round, compared to 35 on Saturday when he finished over par.

He shot 1-under (69) and 4-under (66) on Thursday and Friday, respectively. As he walked off the course, he was tied for 10th.


-- Tim Rohan