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Charles Howell III grabs a share of the lead at Valspar Championship

Charles Howell III grabs a share of the lead at Valspar Championship

Charles Howell III saw a news blurb that the Masters is a month away, and the Augusta native played Thursday like he wants to be there.

In strong gusts that didn't subside until the final few hours of daylight, Howell played bogey-free and picked up two big birdies on his way to a four-under-par 67 and a share of the lead with Keegan Bradley and Ken Duke in the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I was impressed I got away with no bogeys,” Howell said. “It was nice to get off to a good start here on a place like this. I'm not sure what the rest of the week will hold, but to actually play a nice round on a tough golf course is good for my...

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