There's more to their friendship besides a mutual love of golf and other sports and mutual friends. They both appreciate the kindness in each other. Harrison smiles when talking about how Howell interacts with fans. He's been back three straight years to Sleepy Hollow for the Special Olympics event. Harrison said you couldn't find a nicer guy in sports than Howell.
"A lot of guys out here don't get it and don't want to get it," Harrison said. "He knows why he's here, and that's because of these people. He's very personable and as far as athletes go, you couldn't find a better guy."
Howell sees how Harrison interacts with the Sleepy Hollow membership. They have nothing but good things to say about Harrison, and Howell said that's not an easy job, but Harrison excels at it.
"You could tell when you meet somebody whether they're a good guy or not, and I could tell that right away," Howell said. "It's impressive he's been there that long and I could also tell right away that the membership loves him, and that says a lot, too."
The friends said there's a chance for a pretty cool two-on-two matchup on the course in Florida - Howell and Harrison versus Williams and Bubba Watson. They're still trying to put it together, but regardless, Harrison realizes the special position he's in, to befriend a pro like Howell.
"I can't even explain it," Harrison said. "It doesn't seem real. But that goes to show you what golf has done for me. Without golf and Sleepy Hollow, I don't know what I would do because it's been my whole life, pretty much. But it's definitely led me to go to some pretty cool places and meet some pretty cool people."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd