Who's who: David Howell

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Who's who: David Howell

  • Name:

    David Alexander Howell
  • Country:

    England
  • Born:

    June 23, 1975 in Swindon, County of Wiltshire, England.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Broome Manor GC, Swindon
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; occasional golf commentator.
  • Turned Pro:

    1995
  • Website:

    https://www.davidhowellgolf.com

Roll of Honour

Walker Cup player (1995). Ryder Cup player (2004, '06). Multiple wins on the European and Australasian Tours.

Did you know?

In 1993, at the end of an excellent amateur career, Howell added his name to the impressive list of winners of the (British) Boys Amateur Championship. This prestigious amateur title (for golfers aged 18 and under) was secured on the same Glenbervie course where 10 years earlier Jose Maria Olzabal had triumphed in the same event.

Howell's first professional win came at the end of 1998 in the Australian PGA Championship. Back in Europe he scooped the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of 1999. A six year wait would ensue before the next two European Tour wins, which both came in 2005. Another win in 2006 was followed by an even longer winless streak that lasted until 2013, during which time Howell struggled with a recurring back injury. In September of 2013 things came right again and Howell won the Alfred Dunhill Links on the Old Course, St Andrews, one of the European Tour's richest events.

Top tournaments won by David Howell

2013
Europe
265 (-23)
€589,562
Alfred Dunhill

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

€589,562

Title sponsor

Alfred Dunhill

Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Sept 26-29). David Howell (Eng) beat Peter Uihlein (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to claim his first European Tour win in seven years. [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].

2006
Europe
271 (-17)
€708,330
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

€708,330

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW Championship (May 25-28). Second-placed Simon Khan (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Howell (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].

2005
Asia
268 (-20)
US$833,300
HSBC

Category

Asia

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

US$833,300

Title sponsor

HSBC

Played as the inaugural HSBC Champions (Nov 10-13; Eurpn/Asian Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2006 season-opener). Second-placed Tiger Woods (USA) finished 3 shots behind Howell (Eng), who enjoyed his biggest career victory to date. [Sheshan Intl GC, Shanghai, China].

2005
Europe
265 (-23)
€333,330
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

265 (-23)

Prize money

€333,330

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 25-28). Second-placed John Daly (USA) and Brett Rumford (Aus) finished 1 shot behind David Howell (Eng), who recorded his first European Tour win since 1999. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].

1999
Europe
275 (-13)
€198,324
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

275 (-13)

Prize money

€198,324

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (Feb 11-14; European Tour event). Second-placed Lee Westwood (Eng) finished 4 shots behind 23-year-old David Howell (Eng), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Dubai Creek GC, Dubai, UAE].

Category

Aus/NZ

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

275

Prize money

Title sponsor

MasterCard

Played as the Mastercard Australian PGA Ch'ship. First time professional tournament win for Howell (Eng).

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Howell, David

Score

3 & 1

Prize money

amateur

Title sponsor

R&A

Played as the Boys Amateur Championship. Howell (Eng) beat Viktor Gustavsson (Swe) 3 and 1 in the 36-hole final match. [Glenbervie GC, nr Falkirk, Scotland].

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