David Howell (golfer)
David Alexander Howell (born 23 June 1975) is an English professional golfer. His career peaked in 2006, when he won the BMW Championship and was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for a short time. He played in the Ryder Cup in 2004 and 2006.
|Full name||David Alexander Howell|
|Born||23 June 1975|
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Residence||Virginia Water, Surrey, England|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1996)|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour (2006–07)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T11: 2005|
|U.S. Open||T16: 2006|
|The Open Championship||T7: 2008|
|PGA Championship||T45: 2004|
After training and competing at Broome Manor Golf Club, he became a professional golfer in 1995. He won the 1998 Australian PGA Championship, and the 1999 Dubai Desert Classic. He had no further wins for six years, but his form was nonetheless on a general upwards curve. He was tenth on the European Tour Order of Merit in 2004 and 2005 proved to be even better. In the spring he had back to back second places in The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters and the Nissan Irish Open, and in August, won the BMW International Open. By the autumn he reached the top 20 in the world rankings.
In November 2005, he won the inaugural HSBC Champions tournament, the first event of the 2006 European Tour season. The win took him to a career high of number 13 in the Official World Golf Ranking, making him the highest-ranked British player and the second highest-ranked European at that time. In May 2006, he won the BMW Championship and moved into the world top ten for the first time. In June he moved to a new high of ninth. After leading the Order of Merit for most of the 2006 season, he eventually finished in 3rd place; a back injury caused his form to suffer in the latter half of the season and limited his appearances through 2007.
In 2013, Howell had his first European Tour win in seven years at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, beating American Peter Uihlein in a playoff. Howell had previously gone 0–4 in European Tour playoffs.
Howell won the Beko Classic, a tournament sanctioned by the PGAs of Europe, by 5 shots after rounds of 70, 69 and 67 at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Turkey in 2015.
The season 2017 proved to be Howell's most disappointing on tour and, speaking in December, said it had been 'two years of hell'. His season was ravaged by back and wrist injuries and he made only five halfway cuts from 20 events, the fewest he has ever made in a whole season resulting in his worst ever Order of Merit ranking.
Howell was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup teams in 2004 and 2006. As a member of the Great Britain & Ireland team in the Seve Trophy he was on the losing side in 2000, but a winner in 2003. He has also represented Europe at the Royal Trophy twice in 2006 and 2013 and has been on the winning side on both occasions. He came from 3 down with 4 to play to win his singles match in 2013 against Kim Hyung-sung as Europe pulled off an impressive fightback.
Howell is represented by Octagon.
He also occasionally works for Sky Sports as a commentator and analyst as well as writing regular columns for The Golf Paper and Worldwide Golf. He is sponsored by Titleist and plays with the Titleist ProV1x ball. He was sponsored by Adams Golf for three years from May 2013 but has since returned to TaylorMade.
Professional wins (7)Edit
European Tour wins (5)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||14 Feb 1999||Dubai Desert Classic||−13 (69-68-71-67=275)||4 strokes||Lee Westwood|
|2||28 Aug 2005||BMW International Open||−23 (66-68-66-65=265)||1 stroke||John Daly, Brett Rumford|
|3||13 Nov 2005
|HSBC Champions Tournament||−20 (65-67-68-68=268)||3 strokes||Tiger Woods|
|4||28 May 2006||BMW Championship||−17 (68-65-69-69=271)||5 strokes||Simon Khan|
|5||29 Sep 2013||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||−23 (67-68-63-67=265)||Playoff||Peter Uihlein|
European Tour playoff record (1–4)
|1||2001||Victor Chandler British Masters|| Mathias Grönberg, Robert Karlsson,
|Levet won with birdie on third extra hole|
Howell and Karlsson eliminated by par on first hole
|2||2005||Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters||Thomas Bjørn, Brian Davis||Bjørn won with par on second extra hole|
Davis eliminated by par on first hole
|3||2005||Nissan Irish Open||Stephen Dodd||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||2008||Estoril Open de Portugal||Grégory Bourdy, Alastair Forsyth||Bourdy won with birdie on third extra hole|
Forsyth eliminated by par on second hole
|5||2013||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||Peter Uihlein||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Other wins (2)Edit
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||T44||T45|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||T53||T7||T52|
|The Open Championship||T15||T49||T22|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||3||14||8|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (twice)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
Results in World Golf Championship eventsEdit
|Cadillac Match Play Championship||R32||QF||R64|
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- Jacques Léglise Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1993 (winners)
- Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1995
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing England): 1999
- Seve Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2000, 2003 (winners), 2005 (winners)
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners), 2006 (winners)
- WGC-World Cup (representing England): 2005, 2006
- Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2006 (winners), 2013 (winners)
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). OWGR.
- "Youthful Howell hits the 500 mark". PGA European Tour. 3 July 2014.
- "Beko Classic 2015 – Leaderboard". PGAs of Europe.
- Inglis, Martin (21 December 2017). "David Howell opens up on 'two years of hell'". bunkered.
- "New injury agony for Swindon golfer David Howell". 11 January 2018.
- "David Howell: 600 and counting". 17 August 2018.
- "Howell completes Ryder Cup captaincy selection panel". PGA European Tour. 8 October 2014.
- "Changes made to Membership criteria and 2018 Ryder Cup qualification process". PGA European Tour. 18 January 2017.