David Howell (golfer)

David Howell
Personal information
Full name David Alexander Howell
Born (1975-06-23) 23 June 1975
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Virginia Water, Surrey, England
Dubai, UAE
Spouse Emily
Children Freddie George
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1996)
Former tour(s) PGA Tour (2006–07)
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 5
Other 2
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.[1]


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.

In 2014, Howell became the second youngest player in history to reach 500 appearances on European Tour when he played at the Open de France.[2]

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.[3]

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. In 2014, Howell was named as part of a five-man selection panel deciding Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain.[4]

Howell is represented by Octagon (sports agency).

He also occasionally works for Sky Sports as a commentator and analyst as well as writing regular columns for The Golf Paper. 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. He was sponsored by Adams Golf for three years from May 2013 but has since returned to TaylorMade.

Amateur wins (1)

Professional wins (7)

European Tour wins (5)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
1 14 Feb 1999 Dubai Desert Classic −13 (69-68-71-67=275) 4 strokes England Lee Westwood
2 28 Aug 2005 BMW International Open −23 (66-68-66-65=265) 1 stroke United States John Daly, Australia Brett Rumford
3 13 Nov 2005
(2006 season)
HSBC Champions Tournament −20 (65-67-68-68=268) 3 strokes United States Tiger Woods
4 28 May 2006 BMW Championship −17 (68-65-69-69=271) 5 strokes England Simon Khan
5 29 Sep 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship −23 (67-68-63-67=265) Playoff United States Peter Uihlein

European Tour playoff record (1–4)

1 2001 Victor Chandler British Masters Sweden Mathias Grönberg, Sweden Robert Karlsson,
France Thomas Levet
Levet won with birdie on third extra hole
Howell and Karlsson eliminated with par on first hole
2 2005 Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters Denmark Thomas Bjørn, England Brian Davis Bjørn won with par on second extra hole
Davis eliminated with par on first hole
3 2005 Nissan Irish Open Wales Stephen Dodd Lost to birdie on first extra hole
4 2008 Estoril Open de Portugal France Grégory Bourdy, Scotland Alastair Forsyth Bourdy won with birdie on third extra hole
Forsyth eliminated with par on second hole
5 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship United States Peter Uihlein Won with birdie on second extra hole

Other wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T44 T45
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T11 T19 T44 DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP CUT T53 T7 T52
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T15 T49 T22

DNP = did not play
WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 14 8
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 6 27 15

Results in World Golf Championship events

Cadillac Match Play Championship DNP DNP R32 QF R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Cadillac Championship T28 3 T6 T13 T55 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP T6 T59 T61 T73 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T52 DNP
HSBC Champions - - - - - - DNP DNP DNP DNP 70 DNP T30

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.

Team appearances




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