Howell Claims Shot of the Year Donates Winnings


European TourDavid Howell of England won The Royal Bank of Scotland Shot of the Year Award for the tee shot he played during The 35th Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan. The 29-year-old Englishman will receive The Royal Bank of Scotland Shot of the Year Trophy and a charitable check for $3,700, which he has asked to be donated to the Tsunami Disaster Appeal Fund.
Howell and fellow countryman, Paul Casey, were one down with two holes to play against Americans Chad Campbell and Jim Furyk after 16 holes in the Saturday morning fourball match.
Howell then struck a magnificent 6 iron from 203 yards to within 5 feet of the pin at the 17th hole and rolled in the putt for a birdie two to square the match. The Europeans then won the final hole to secure a victory which proved pivotal in the outcome of the matches.
At the time, Paul and I were only concerned with trying to get something from the match after Chad holed a long putt on the 16th,' Howell said. 'We would probably have accepted a half after being one down with two to play but to get a full point was, in hindsight, very important in the context of that days play.
I knew my tee shot at the 17th needed to be a good one and in all honesty it wasnt the purest strike of my life. However it went dead straight and released nicely to within 5 feet. It was a great feeling to see the ball so close to the hole and even better to make the putt to square the match.
In second place was the 274 yard three wood shot executed by Englands Ian Poulter at the last hole of the BMW International Open in Munich. Poulters prosects of qualifying for The Ryder Cup were receding after a quadruple bogey at the tenth hole in the final round. However he covered the last eight holes in 6 under par to claim the final automatic place in the European Team, helped by that 3 wood to 8 feet for an eagle three.
Third place in the annual awards went to Thailands Thongchai Jaidee, who holed his tee shot at the 188 yard 16th hole in the final round of the Carlsberg Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Tied for the lead at the time with Australian Brad Kennedy, Jaidees ace ensured that he captured his first title on The European Tour International Schedule.