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David Howell |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 6/23/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
College: England

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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. Jul 31 - 1:42 PM

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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.
Jul 16 - 11:53 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.
Jul 2 - 9:37 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.
Jun 30 - 6:07 PM

David Howell has gone from one of the European Tour's hottest players to missing his last two cuts and will look to find his best again at the Nordea Masters.

Howell was T4 at the Shenzhen International and followed it with consecutive runners-up finishes at the Volvo China Open and Open de Espana. Since then he's cooled, failing to cash at Wentworth and Royal County Down. The Englishman, who slots in at 16th in the Race To Dubai, cracked the top 10 (T9) when seeing The Lakes Course at PGA Sweden Natonal last year so this week's par 72 looks a good fit. He's also made six of his last seven cuts in events held on Swedish soil.
Jun 1 - 2:02 PM

David Howell authored a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to improve to 4-under 140 at the midpoint of the Open de España.

A runner-up in China last month, Howell is very much in the groove and kept a bogey off his card on Friday. For now, he's slotted in at T5 and that's unlikely to change too much with the afternoon wave facing tough conditions. The Englishman picked off birdies at 11, 18 and 7 and a pair of closing pars left him just two short of the clubhouse lead held by Ricardo Gonzales.
May 15 - 8:55 AM

David Howell lost the China Open in agonizing style after a three-putt bogey from just off the green at the 72nd hole left him at 8-under 280, one behind winner Ashun Wu.

The six at 18 was the final stroke of an even-par 35-37=72 that wasn't good enough to get it done. Howell mixed four birdies against two bogeys over the first 11 holes, with a par breaker at 10 taking him 10-under. He dropped a shot for the third day running at 14 to fall back into a tie and made a great up and down from sand at 17 to stay there. But, at the par-5 18th, Howell carelessly hit his lay up into rough, came up just short of the green with his third and took three more to get down. The stats are revealing. Hitting just seven greens in regulation put too much pressure on his short game and it eventually cracked at the death, leaving Howell in solo second.
Apr 26 - 5:23 AM

David Howell had to settle for an even-par 35-37=72 in round two of the Volvo China Open and fell back from T1 to T10.

One of three overnight leaders, the Englishman had a chance to pull clear after teeing off early. An opening nine of 35 and back-to-back birdies at 12 and 13 set him up to do so before an ugly bogey, bogey, double bogey stretch from 14 to 16 wrecked his momentum. Howell did manage a birdie at the last but that was only enough to salvage a round of even par. On the stats, his numbers were down from round one as he hit just 6 (of 14) fairways and found only 10 greens in regulation. He was also only 50% in scrambling although, at 4-under 140, he'll start the weekend just four off the pace.
Apr 24 - 7:40 AM

David Howell matched the morning scores of Bradley Dredge and Michael Hendry to share top spot after day one of the Volvo China Open.

Howell painted a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the tough afternoon conditions at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club where the firm greens caught many out. The Englishman, who is coming off a T4 in last week's Shenzhen International, was steady early on with a birdie, a bogey and six pars in his opening eight holes. He kicked on with a par breaker at 9 and circled birdies at 11, 13 and 17 to take a share of the lead. Howell hit just 11 greens in regulation but was 6-for-7 in scrambling. "There was a decent breeze out there, but really it’s the firmness of the greens that is making it difficult for everyone," he said. "The greens are in great condition and you’ve really got to think your way round." Howell entered the week at 37th in the Race to Dubai and will be looking to grab the first prize here after a second place at last month's Joburg Open when a visit to the water at 14 in the final round cost him victory.
Apr 23 - 5:20 AM

David Howell had to settle for 2-under-par 33-37=70 at the Trophee Hassan II on Friday after threatening to take the lead early on.

A run of three straight birdies from the 15th and another at the first moved the Englishman to within a shot of pacesetter Adrien Saddier. But Howell went into reverse with bogeys at the second and third and, with momentum lost, closed with six straight pars to match the 70 he opened with on Thursday. He'll go into the weekend on 4-under 140 which is currently two off the clubhouse lead and three behind Saddier, who is in the early stages of his second round.
Mar 27 - 10:20 AM

With a sixth straight round in the 60s, David Howell is ready for a weekend trophy challenge at the Africa Open.

T2 in Joburg last week (67-69-68-69), Howell tacked on a 3-under-par 34-35=69 to yesterday's opening 68 at East London GC and a score of 7-under 137 at the midpoint leaves him just four off the pace set by Matt Ford. The Englishman looked on course to challenge for the lead when hitting 7-under after eight holes but on the back nine he split birdies, bogeys and pars in equal measure.
Mar 6 - 10:30 AM

David Howell shook off the disappointment of last week's near-miss in Joburg by shooting a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the first round of the Africa Open.

Howell's morning lap of East London GC put him in tied second spot and just one behind early leader Kevin Phelan, who finished alongside Howell in T2 at that Joburg Open. The Englishman traded a birdie with a bogey at 11 and 12 but circled par breakers at 14 and 17 to begin his move. East London has short par 5s at the 1st and 3rd and Howell cashed in with birdies at both to reach 4-under before ending with six straight pars. Although he held the lead in Joburg and couldn't convert last week, he did leave that event in positive mood having secured a spot in this summer's Open due to finishing in the top three. It looks like those good vibes are carrying over here.
Mar 5 - 5:45 AM

David Howell missed out on victory at the Joburg Open but was elated that he did enough to book a return to St Andrews.

A place in this summer's Open Championship was on offer for the top three finishers at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club and, although five players tied for second, Howell secured a spot due to his superior world ranking. The Englishman, who carded a 3-under-par 33-36=69 closing round to post 15-under 272, could have been leaving with the trophy too had he not gone flat on the back nine. The 39-year-old played his opening nine in 4-under 33 and held the lead when eventual two-shot winner Andy Sullivan bogeyed 11. But Howell swallowed a water-based bogey at 14 and eight other pars on his back nine meant he came up short. He chose later to focus on the significant consolation prize of his Open spot. "I am absolutely delighted about that, that was one of the main reasons I came down here," he said. "I have not played an Open at St Andrews and I'm not getting any younger so I knew my chances were running out. I am going to really enjoy it."
Mar 1 - 11:48 AM

David Howell authored a 4-under-par 34-34=68 to take a share of second place after three rounds of the Joburg Open.

The Englishman sits at 12-under 213 and is just two shots behind leader Wallie Coetsee. However, on a packed leaderboard, he'll have no end of title rivals on Sunday with three others sharing second place and a nine-man group a further shot back on 11-under. Howell birdied 1, 6 and 9 to reach the turn in 34 on on Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club's East Course and circled two birdies against a bogey on the back nine to leap 13 places up the leaderboard. He's missed his two previous cuts in this event but has registered three top 15s in his last four starts in South Africa so plays these co-sanctioned events well.
Feb 28 - 9:55 AM

Former champion David Howell will hope to arrest a poor run of form when he lines up again in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Howell put his name on this trophy in 1999 when shredding a world-class field and coming home four shots clear of Lee Westwood. It's worth noting though that his victory came not at the Emirates Golf Club but at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club which stood in as host in 1999 and 2000. His best efforts at the Emirates are a third in 2004 and a T9 in 2005. Recent visits have been disappointing as he's failed to cash in five of his last nine appearances. Howell has also missed the cut in his last three tournaments, that run including the first two events of the Gulf Swing.
Jan 27 - 2:50 PM