Howell III DQ’d from Wyndham Championship

Charles Howell III was disqualified from the Wyndham

Championship on Saturday, one day after the weight port cover on

his driver came off before his second round.

The PGA Tour announced his disqualification for using a

non-conforming driver before the start of Howell’s third round.

Howell shot a 68 on Friday to move to 6 under, five strokes

behind leader Patrick Reed.

PGA Tour rules official Tony Wallin said another official told

him about Howell’s driver early Saturday morning.

He said the weight port cover came off Howell’s TaylorMade

driver while he was on the driving range before his second round.

Howell said in a statement that the company assured him that the

lack of a cover would not affect the club’s performance.

”The idea that the club would no longer be conforming, because

of the missing toe-cap, never entered my mind,” Howell said.

Had the cover come off during the round, Wallin said Howell

would have been OK to play with it as long as he fixed it before

his next round.

Howell said the club – which he called ”the best performing

driver I’ve ever played” – will be back in play next week at The

Barclays.