David Howell Scratches the Seven-Year Itch
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/30/13
Winner, winner... haggis dinner?
No professional golfer likes to go for lengthy periods of time without a victory. But until Sunday, David Howell's last professional victory was in 2006 at the European Tour's BMW Championship.
But on Sunday, the Englishman captured the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews, defeating American Peter Uihlein in a two-hole playoff.
"It's been a long, long road from the depths of despair. I lost my way in life and on the course as well so this is a really sweet moment. With Emily and Freddie at home and the twins on the way, the off-course life has never been better and to finally win a massive championship shows I'm also in a really happy place at the moment with my golf."Peter Uihlein isn't really in the depths of despair himself; at age 24, he has decided to take a low-profile road in an effort to get to golf's biggest stage. The 2010 U.S. Amateur champion and former number one-ranked amateur golfer in the world turned professional in December of 2011. Although he wasn't able to obtain a tour card on the PGA or European Tours in 2012, he has steadily improved. Earlier this year, he won his first pro tournament at the European Tour's Madiera Islands Open in Portugal.
This past Friday, he was three inches away from shooting 59 and making Euro Tour history. But absolutely no shame is involved in shooting the 16th "60" in Euro Tour competition. It helped get him into the Dunhill Links playoff on Sunday, in fact.
Meanwhile, another golfer shot his best-ever round at St. Andrews: On Friday, retired Australian cricketer Shane Warne shot 71 in the pro-am. For comparison purposes, his Friday 71 was better than the scores registered by a few golfers you may have heard of: David Duval (73), Vijay Singh (74), and Louis Oosthuizen (74).
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T, only you would say "haggis dinner"!!! LOL
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