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Profile: David Howell

David Howell
  • Birthplace: Swindon, England
  • Residence: Weybridge, Surrey
  • Birthdate: 23 Jun 1975
  • Age: 29
  • Turned Professional: 1995

Ryder Cup Record

Debut

Career Victories

European Tour

1 - Dubai Desert Classic

Other

1 - MasterCard Australian PGA Championship

Player Notes

Englishman David Howell - another of Europe's Ryder Cup debutants - has an excellent match play record in both his amateur and professional careers.

It was nine years ago at the Walker Cup Matches between Great Britain and Ireland and the USA that Howell gave the first notice of his match playing abilities, winning one and a half points out of two while partnering his European Tour colleague Mark Foster of England.

In the singles, Howell put on an inspired performance to defeat Notah Begay two and one, and help the Great Britain and Ireland Team to a brilliant 14-10 victory over a Tiger Woods-led United States team at Royal Porthcrawl.

As a professional, Howell's match play record is equally as impressive. The 29 year old has featured as part of the Great Britain and Ireland Team twice at The Seve Trophy (in 2000 and 2003), and his record of played seven, won five and lost two is one the most impressive in the tournament's short history.

Howell has been a model of consistency on The 2004 European Tour. His seven top ten finishes put him in a tie for third place among the most consistent players on Tour this year - behind European Number One Ernie Els of South Africa and Australia's Nick O'Hern.

Howell's best results of the season have come at the Dubai Desert Classic and The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond where he finished third and demonstrated the skill and ability to become an integral part of The 2004 European Ryder Cup Team.

Background

Came close to adding to his only European Tour victory to date - in the 1999 Dubai Desert Classic - when he was beaten into second place by Philip Golding in the Open de France in June 2003. Proved to be one of the most consistent performers of the year however, a fact highlighted perfectly in September when, in the four tournaments on the calendar month, he was never outside the top eight. Narrowly missed out on the top 15 on the Volvo Order of Merit, finishing in 16th place, an agonising €359 (£250) behind Michael Campbell. Ended the year on a positive note however, being part of the winning Great Britain and Ireland team in The Seve Trophy match in Spain. Made up for the unfortunate events of April 2002 when he suffered a broken arm after tripping over when jogging, thus missing the chance to play in The Seve Trophy that year at Druids Glen. In his amateur days, won the British Boys Championship in 1993 before collecting two and a half points out of three in the 1995 Walker Cup victory over a Tiger Woods-led United States at Royal Porthcawl. Collected his first professional victory in November 1998 when he won the MasterCard Australian PGA Championship by seven strokes, three months before his win in Dubai.

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