Swindon's Howell returns to winning ways
SWINDON'S David Howell returned to winning ways on the European Tour after clinching the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships title on Sunday.
Howell shot himself in contention for the title after carding a nine-under par 63 on Saturday to home in on overnight leader Peter Uihlein.
Five birdies on his opening nine continued Howell's bid for glory but a bogey at 12 left him one adrift of Uihlein's 23-under par.
Birdie at 15 gave Howell a share of the lead and after saving par at 18, he held the clubhouse lead with Uihlein still to navigate the last.
Uihlein gave himself a birdie chance at the last but missed the putt to force a play-off.
Both players managed par at the first play-off hole to send play down 18 once again.
Howell, who had lost all of his previous play-off matches, kept his cool to sink a tricky eight-foot putt for the title.
A delighted Howell said after winning: "I was really nervous all week and strangely less nervous today, I can't explain that at all. I stayed calm and smooth under pressure and that was really pleasing.
"It's been a long, long road from the depths of despair. I have had a lot of support from people around me and this is as much for them as it is for me."
It was Howell's first European Tour success since he won the BMW Championship in 2006.
Full story in Monday's Swindon Advertiser
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