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Charles Howell named PGA Rookie of the Year

Charles Howell III, who earned more than $1.5 million in 2001 while utilizing sponsors' exemptions, on Wednesday was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.

The 22-year-old Howell began the year without a Tour card, but the former NCAA champion at Oklahoma State made the cut in 20 of 24 starts. He recorded five top-10 finishes, losing to Japan's Shigeki Maruyama in a playoff at the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Howell, who led all Tour non-members on the money list with $1,520,632, edged Jose Coceres of Argentina and U.S. Open champion of Retief Goosen of South Africa for Rookie of the Year honors.

Bob Gilder was named Senior PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. A long-time member of the PGA Tour, the 50-year-old won twice in his first season on the elder circuit.

Gilder, who captured the season-ending Senior Tour Championship, recorded 13 top-10 finishes and ranked eighth on the money list with $1,684,986.

He beat out Bruce Lietzke, Terry Mauney, Sammy Rachels and Bobby Wadkins for the honor.

Joe Durant and John Schroeder were named Comeback Players of the Year on their respective tours.

Durant, 37, won twice on the PGA Tour in 2001, earning a career-best $2,381,684 to rank 14th on the money list. Before this year, he managed just five top-10 finishes since securing his first PGA Tour title in 1998.

Schroeder, 56, ended a 27-year victory drought in June at the Cadillac NFL Classic. A member of the Senior Tour since 1996, he posted three top-10 finishes and earned a career-best $716,197, which placed him 27th on the money list.

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