Alfred Dunhill Links: David Howell a popular winner in Scotland
Last Updated: 30/09/13 9:47am
Howell victorious at St Andrews
David Howell rediscovered his golden touch on the greens to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, says Sky Sports' Richard Boxall.
Howell knocked in a testing putt on the 18th hole at St Andrews to defeat American Peter Uihlein in a play-off and capture his first title since the BMW Championship at Wentworth over seven years ago.
"David used to be the best 'holer-outer' from 10 feet and under and he holed one like that on the final hole."
The Englishman - who played in the 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cups and once reached ninth spot in the rankings - has risen back inside the world's top 100 with his success in Scotland and is also up to 12th in the Race to Dubai standings.
And Boxall was impressed by the way Howell - who finished tied with Uihlein at 23-under-par, a stroke clear of Tom Lewis and Shane Lowry, after 72 holes - wrapped up his long-awaited triumph.
"David is a popular winner because he has been around a long time," said Boxall, whose solitary victory on the European Tour came at the 1990 Italian Open.
"He used to be the best 'holer-outer' from 10 feet and under and holed one like that on the final hole to finish with a birdie which is always nice.
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"It was thoroughly deserved victory."
Boxall - who tied for 44th in the 1996 Open Championship at Royal St Lytham when America's Tom Lehman lifted the Claret Jug - also enjoyed the thrilling end to the Alfred Dunhill Links, which was contested across St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.
"Even Thomas Levet, who finished in a tie for seventh, was right up there at one point and Ricardo Gonzalez was moving on nicely," added the player-turned-pundit during his wrap-up of the event.
"But if you play into the wind over the last six holes on the Old Course there's a fair chance it will get at you, with the 17th a particularly frightening hole."