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Started the 2006 season in scintillating fashion, out-scoring playing partner Tiger Woods on the final day to win the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai. The performance prompted Woods to nickname his rival ?Cool Dude?, a moniker that Howell lived up to when he compiled a near faultless final round 69 to capture the 2006 BMW Championship and become the first English winner of the famous championship since Nick Faldo?s record breaking fourth title in 1989. Further illustration of his big tournament temperament was shown by a fifth place at the WGC ? Accenture Match Play and top 20 finishes in both the Masters Tournament and the US Open Championship before playing a vital role in Europe?s second successive 18? - 9? victory over the USA at The 2006 Ryder Cup. Finished the 2006 season in third place on the Order of Merit. Made his Ryder Cup debut in 2004, and produced The European Tour?s Shot of the Year at Oakland Hills, a six iron to five feet on the par three 17th hole that enabled himself and Paul Casey to come from one down to win a vital point against Jim Furyk and Chad Campbell and stop the threat of an American comeback. In his amateur days, won the British Boys Championship in 1993 and then the 1995 Walker Cup victory at Royal Porthcawl. Collected his first professional victory in November 1998 when he won the Australian PGA Championship by seven strokes, three months before his maiden European Tour win at the 1999 Dubai Desert Classic. Coached for many years by Pete Cowen but reverted to his original coach, Clive Tucker, at the end of a disappointing 2002 after making a conscious decision to work harder and employ a physiotherapist and fitness coach to help his development. *Member of the 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cup team.
4 - 1999 Dubai Desert Classic, 2005 BMW International Open, 2006 HSBC Champions, BMW Championship. Other Victories: 1998 MasterCard Australian PGA Championship
1996 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 5; scoring average - 71.77 (ranked T-29th); money - GBP 132,528 (ranked 54th); best finish -T-4th, Slaley Hall Challenge and Trophee Lancome.
1997 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 21; Top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.51 (ranked T45th); money - GBP 199,040 (ranked 54th); best finish -T-2nd, Standard Life Loch Lomond.
1999 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average - 71.91 (ranked T70th); Euro$414,275 or GBP 295,911 (ranked 22nd); Winner, Dubai Desert Classic.
2000 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 72.09 (ranked 85th); Euro$344,312 or GBP 204,771 (ranked 40th); best finish -2nd, Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open.
2001 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 25; Top-10 finishes - 8; scoring average - 70.98 (ranked 43rd); Euro$886,146 or GBP 550,970 (ranked 14th); best finish -T2nd, Victor Chandler British Masters.
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.21 (ranked T40th); Euro$315,409 or GBP 201,109 (ranked 74th); best finish -T2nd, Heineken Classic.
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 23; Top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.58 (ranked 14th); Euro$881,640 or GBP 614,688 (ranked 16th); best finish -2nd, Open de France.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 24; Top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average - 70.33 (ranked 5th); Euro$1,501,502 or 1,038,326 (ranked 10th); best finish -3rd, WGC -American Express Championship, T3rd Dubai Desert Classic and The Barclays Scottish Open.
Joined PGA Tour after having finished among the top-125 as a non-member. Also suffered an abdominal injury (torn stomach muscle) while warming up for the second round of the U.S. Open. Was forced to withdraw and didn't play again for nearly two months at the PGA Championship.
2005 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 19; in money - 19; Top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average - 69.94 (ranked 4th); Euro$1,798,308 or GBP 1,215,475 (ranked 7th); Winner, BMW International Open.
2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 12; rounds played - 32; in money - 6; Top-10 finishes - 2; money - $696,949.50; (ranked 120 - unofficial); best finish - T-6 at the WGC-NEC Invitational and WGC-American Express Championship.
Seven Top-25 finishes
2006 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.84 (ranked 23rd); Euro$2,321,166 or GBP 1,554,960 (ranked 3rd); Winner, HSBC Champions, BMW Championship.
2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 14; rounds played - 45; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $912,437; (ranked 96th); best finish - T-5 at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship
scoring average - 70.89 / (76th); driving distance - 289.1 / (93rd); driving accuracy - 62.3% / (113th); GIR - 63.2% / (152nd); putting - 1.730 / (4th); birdie average - 3.82 per rd / (23rd) / total birdies - 172; sand saves - 50.0% / (81st); all-around; rank - 731 / (86th).