Charles Howell III ended an 11-year run without a PGA Tour win as he claimed victory at the second play-off hole of the RSM Classic at Sea Island.

The 39-year-old holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th to claim his first title for 4,291 days and finally see off a brilliant challenge from Patrick Rodgers.

After two rounds, Rodgers was 12 shots off the lead but set a new final 36-hole PGA Tour record with a 123 aggregate after following up Saturday's 61 with a 62 - which included an 85ft birdie putt at the 12th.

That catapulted him to 19-under, having carded 18 birdies and no dropped shots in his final 37 holes of regulation play.

Howell, who began the day with a one-shot lead, started bogey-double bogey but gradually clawed things back to sign for a 67 after three birdies in his final four holes.

He had a chance to win it at the 72nd, and also at the first play-off hole, but having returned to the 18th tee again his drive into the fairway was crucial - Rodgers just found the rough - as it allowed him the control to hit a short iron in close for victory. 

Graeme McDowell finished five shots off Howell and Rodgers, a terrific closing 66 leaving him on 14-under for the tournament. The Northern Irishman collected six birdies and two bogeys in his final-round four-under.

Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power both missed Friday's cut.