David Howell (golfer)
|— Golfer —|
|Full name||David Alexander Howell|
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|
David Alexander Howell (born 23 June 1975) is an English professional golfer from Swindon. His career to date peaked in 2006, when he was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for a short time.
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 and 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 six 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 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.
Howell is represented by Octagon (sports agency).
He also occasionally works for Sky Sports as a commentator and analyst. He is sponsored by Titleist and is one of the only players on the European Tour to use the Titleist DT Solo ball due to the amount of spin he can generate around the greens.
Amateur wins (1)
Professional wins (6)
European Tour wins (5)
|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 with par on first hole
|2||2005||Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters||Thomas Bjørn, Brian Davis||Bjørn won with par on second extra hole
Davis eliminated with 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 with par on second hole
|5||2013||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||Peter Uihlein||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Other wins (1)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||T44||T45|
|The Open Championship||DNP||CUT||CUT||CUT||CUT||DNP||CUT||T53||T7||T52|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T15|
DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||12||6|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 3 (2006 PGA – 2007 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
Results in World Golf Championship events
|Accenture Match Play Championship||DNP||DNP||R32||QF||R64||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
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)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to David Howell.|
- Official website
- David Howell at the European Tour official site
- David Howell at the PGA Tour official site
- David Howell at the Official World Golf Ranking official site