David Howell


David Howell (born 23 June 1975) is an English golfer from Swindon. He became a professional 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 the best year of his career. In the spring he had back to back second places in The Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters and the Nissan Irish Open, and in August he won the BMW International Open. By the autumn he reached the top twenty in the Official World Golf Rankings. He then won the inaugural HSBC Champions tournament, which was played in November 2005, but was 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 Rankings, making him the highest ranked British player and the second highest ranked European at that time.

Howell was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team in 2004. 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.