Exclusive – Interview with David Howell

As a golfer from Swindon, David Howell has always been a player I’ve followed and supported. So I was very appreciative when David responded to some questions I’d emailed him. Enjoy and many thanks to David for taking the time out of his Open preparations!

ONCE number nine in the world rankings, a two time Ryder Cup participant and multiple winner on the PGA Tour, David Howell has had a promising career so far. However, blighted by injuries, he has taken a dip in form, and missed the cut at Loch Lomond last week.

“I’ve had poor health, a loss of form and have not been good mentally off the course.”

The Swindon – born golfer, now 34, has suffered a series of frustrating injuries, which have hindered his progress over the last couple of seasons. Having enjoyed Ryder Cup highs in 2004 and 2006, Howell missed out on the tournament in Valhalla last year. David said: “I’d love to make the team at Celtic Manor but I am struggling right now with the way I’m playing.” Howell also has the added incentive of a close to home venue in Celtic Manor, situated in Newport Wales. He said: “Obviously it’s the venue nearest to Swindon so I’d love to be there.”

Working with his fitness coaches and physio team, David managed to survive last season relatively injury free. A change of coach, from Clive Tucker to Jamie Gough failed to boost his dip in form however, and he has since returned to Tucker, his long-standing coach. He said: “I’ve had poor health, a loss of form and have not been good mentally off the course.”

David, always keen to help amateurs improve, has a regular column in Golf Monthly and fans can ask questions on his website. His top tip for amateurs is: “Listen for the ball to go in the hole – not see it go in the hole!” He also makes cameo appearances in the commentary box, with many fans singing his praises for his efforts. He is still connected to his roots, saying of his home course: “Broome was very important in my development and I had great support from all concerned there. Barry Sandry, the pro did great stuff with juniors which helped me such a lot.”

Off the course, Howell has recently married his partner, Emily, in a bizarre set of events. He can rest easy in the knowledge that if the golf fails, he has a future as a wedding planner. On his blog, David said that despite only having a registry office booked, he managed to organise a party, photographer, flowers, witnesses, clothing and music (from a ‘random guy who is a musician and had a gig cancelled) in just two hours.

With his attention now firmly on golf, Howell heads to the Open at Turnberry to try and replicate his tied seventh position he achieved last year. He has had a practice round with Steve Surry, fellow Wiltshire qualifier and tees off on Thursday at 9:31 alongside Stewart Cink and Thongchai Jaidee.

-David’s blog can be found at www.davidhowellgolf.com



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