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David Howell

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 6/23/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 175

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David Howell is badly in need of completing an Italian Job on his season as he prepares for The Rocco Forte Open at Verdura GC in Sicily.
Five years ago Howell pegged two rounds of 72 on the course to miss the weekend, but he’s not entirely without form on Kyle Phillips designs elsewhere. He was T2 and T5 on the old Wentwood Hills track at Celtic Manor and also T9 at PGA Sweden National, he’s also carded decent scores at Kingsbarns down the years in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. A far greater concern at the moment would be his form. He opened the 2017 campaign with T14 in the Hong Kong Open since when it has become so awful that his T56 in the China Open last time out ranks as a magnificent success – prior to that he had missed seven cuts. He’s broken 70 just twice in 22 rounds this year and in Hong Kong one of those was a 63 – without that his season really would be in tatters. Mon, May 15, 2017 03:09:00 PM

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With the low round on Moving Day, David Howell blitzed Fanling for a 7-under-par 31-32=63 to jump 44 spots to T5 with 18 holes to play at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

That golden lap matched the course record at Fanling and, at 7-under 203, the veteran Englishman is just four back from 54-hole leaders Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Sam Brazel. Howell set the tone with birdies at 1 and 3 before bogeying No. 7 for the second day running. That merely proved the catalyst for a dramatic burst of scoring which saw him play the next six holes in 6-under. The run included a trio of deuces, the second for eagle at No. 10. Howell cooled off with a bogey at 15 but a walk-off birdie at the last edged him a shot nearer to the leaders. Howell will be chasing a sixth European Tour win in Sunday's final round and a first since the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 05:32:00 AM

David Howell will make a ninth start in the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe, Vilamoura this week.

It is entirely possible that the Englishman will be caught and passed this week in the race to retain tour cards, as he struggles somewhat in 108th on the Race to Dubai rankings. Should that happen he does have the safety net of the Career Money List - the top 40 in that list (Howell is currently 21st) have a category above that of Challenge Tour and Q-School graduates. He's 13-for-19 this season, but there have been too few golden weeks - in fact just one top ten, when T3 in the Czech Masters (small prize fund) and his next best, T13, was in the far from lucrative Joburg Open. He's 6-for-8 in the tournament, but lack even one top 25 finish in that sample.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 12:14:00 PM

David Howell shot a 63 to finish runner-up at the 2014 Italian Open in Torino and will make a 13th start in the event at Golf Club Milano this week.

Overall, the Englishman is 10-for-12 and posted previous top 10s in the 1996 and 2001 editions. On his first look at Golf Club Milano last year, Howell closed with a 66 to take T25. The former Ryder Cup star is down at 107th on this year's Race to Dubai after missing the cut in last week's KLM Open but just two starts earlier he achieved his best finish of the season with T3 at the D+D REAL Czech Masters. That was his first top 10 in 12 months although he did show some form when T22 at the Open Championship in July. Howell, who won the most recent of his five European Tour titles at the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, tees it up at 13:50 local time Thursday alongside local hero Matteo Mannasero and Korean Byeong-Hun An.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 09:30:00 AM

David Howell smoothed a final round 4-under-par 34-34=68 to finish the D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort in the top five on 11-under 277.

The Englishman posted his first top five finish since the Paul Lawrie Match Play of 2015 - and first stroke play top five since the Open de Espana in April of that same year. He putted superbly on the final day, for example when dropping birdie from 30'0" on the 6th. That was his third red number in the opening third of the course, but he added two blues in the next four holes. Improvement came with birdie on 11 and then on the 12th when he smashed his 3-wood approach to the par-five to 10'0" and smoothed the eagle putt. He closed with six straight pars, unable to put pressure on the two overnight leaders, but doing enough to confirm that long awaited top five.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 10:39:00 AM

David Howell book-ended a fine second lap of Albatross Golf Resort, posting 4-under-par 33-35=68 for a 36-hole total of 6-under 138, giving him an early 5-way share of the lead in the D+D REAL Czech Masters.

The veteran Englishman is, like many this week, fighting for his 2017 card and in Howell's case the cause is a lack of top 20 finishes: he has just one and it was T13 in the Joburg Open (small prize fund). But he's given himself the chance to add to that meager tally with a second round that started with a hat-trick of birdies from the tenth and ended with 2 red number in 3 holes. His bogey in between, on the first, is his only blue number of the week so far. He has struggled from the tee, landing on only 16 of 18 of them, but his second shots are sure (he's missed just 5 greens in regulation) and his scrambling perfect (5-for-5).
Fri, Aug 19, 2016 07:26:00 AM

David Howell won the BMW PGA Championship in 2006 but will look to end a run of four missed cuts at the European Tour's flagship event this week.

Howell shot 17-under to take victory 10 years ago and also made the top four 12 months earlier. But after cashing for seven straight years from 2004 to 2011, he's failed to make the weekend since. The Englishman has been out of action since withdrawing from the 2016 Maybank Championship Malaysia in February due to a bad left foot (metatarsalgia). This is a tough place to return but at least Howell knows the lie of the land better than most having competed in the tournament 17 times previously.
Wed, May 25, 2016 08:15:00 AM

David Howell matched his career-low round in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, shooting a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to end the first day in a tie for seventh spot.

He's previously shot that score twice at Abu Dhabi GC, the most recent in the third round three years ago on the way to T6. Today, the veteran Englishman bowled along nicely with four birdies in his opening 12 holes before suffering a hiccup with back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14. He responded with a par breaker at 15 and a walk-off birdie ensured his place in the top 10 after round one. He's currently four strokes behind leader Bryson DeChambeau. Howell piped 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 08:36:00 AM

David Howell is in place to launch another title bid at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club after shooting a bogey-free 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the first round of the Joburg Open.

Howell shot four rounds in the 60s last year to take a share of second place and he occupies that slot again after an impressive opening lap. The Englishman, who took T38 in last week's BMW South African Open after a closing 69, birdied three of his first six holes and, after seven pars, made another leap on the back nine with a birdie-eagle run at 14 and 15. That put him just one shot behind leader Justin Walters of South Africa. Presuming he doesn't have a huge hiccup and misses the cut, Howell will now play his final three rounds at the East Course after taking on the West Course today.
Thu, Jan 14, 2016 09:31:00 AM

David Howell already has two top four finishes to his name in China this year and will look for another at this week's BMW Masters in Shanghai.

Back in April, he posted T4 at the Shenzhen International and then went on to finish runner-up in the following week's Volvo China Open after bogeying the final hole. Howell returned to China last week to contest the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club and closed 68-69-70 to post T30. He slots in at 24th on the Race to Dubai ahead of his third appearance in this event. The Englishman struggled on debut in 2013 when T61 but carded 66-69 on the weekend last year to take T24.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 04:38:00 AM

David Howell is a former winner at Sheshan International Golf Club and will try his luck again in this week's WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Howell won this tournament in 2005 but that was before it was given World Golf Championships status. Since that promotion in 2009, the Englishman has teed it up just once in this tournament, finishing down T70 in 2013. Howell played some of his best golf of the season in China earlier this year when posting T4 in the Shenzhen International before finishing runner-up in the following week's Volvo China Open. The former Ryder Cup star, who will be making a 15th WGC appearance this week, is currently 25th on the Race to Dubai.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 09:31:00 AM

David Howell will play Chris Doak in the last 16 of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay on Saturday morning.

Howell hammered Scot David Drysdale 6&4 in the last 32 at Murcar Links GC on Friday, winning four holes with par as his opponent struggled to cope on the short par 71 in Aberdeen. The Englishman raced into a 4up lead after just seven holes and extended it to 6up with wins at 10 and 11. Drysdale took the 13th but it was merely a stay of execution as Howell won the next to seal victory. He'll now attempt to upset the home crowd for the second day running as he takes on Scotland's Doak for a place in the last eight. Doak booked his spot after defeating tournament host Paul Lawrie.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 01:42:00 PM

David Howell turned in a 4-under-par 32-36=68 in today's opening round of The Open Championship, finishing three shot off the clubhouse lead.

This is Howell's 13th appearance in the season's third major, but he's disappeared from the consciousness of American golf fans since he held a PGA TOUR card in 2007. He's played well of late, however. In his last three starts on the European Tour, he's finished T9 in Germany and T10 in Scotland. Today at St. Andrews, he converted six birdies again two bogey-5s. Howell totaled 14 greens in regulation.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Early leader David Howell had to settle for an even-par 32-39=71 in round one of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National.

Howell burst out of the traps with birdies at four of his first six holes (10, 11, 14 and 15) to open up a two-shot lead on the field but let it slide after that. Following a bogey at 16, he scrambled pars at 17 and 18 but couldn't reverse the tide on his second nine and dropped further shots at 4, 7 and 9. Still, on a tough day for scoring at the Paris venue that's still only three shots off the lead held by Bernd Wiesberger and Victor Dubuisson. Howell hit just nine greens in regulation and was 6-for-9 in scrambling.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 09:37:00 AM

David Howell has been a regular visitor to Le Golf National and will play in the Alstom Open de France for the 15th time this week.

Howell has enjoyed plenty of success at the Paris venue, finishing runner-up in 2003 and, more recently, T8 in 2013 and T4 in 2014. Before last week's BMW International Open in Germany, Howell had missed three straight cuts, a surprising run as it came on the back of two second places and a fourth. However, Howell closed with a 65 to finish T9 in Munich so his game looks to have picked up again in perfect time for another big showing in the French capital.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 06:07:00 PM