David Howell has set his sights on a place in next year’s Ryder Cup following his win at the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews on Sunday.
Heading into the tournament as an outsider in the golf betting, the Englishman defeated American, Peter Uihlein in a play-off at the Old Course to claim his first victory since 2006.
Howell’s win saw him move back into the top 100 and, after recently watching his great friend, Henrik Stenson, win the FedEx Cup series on the PGA Tour, he is now planning his own resurgence with his eyes firmly set on playing in next year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
“I’m certainly aware of how Henrik has turned things around,” he said. “He’s now better than ever and that’s what I’m working towards.”
He added: “I’d love to play in another Ryder Cup and you can’t get into teams without winning tournaments and playing in the big events. That’s what makes a victory like this so important.”
Howell previously featured in the biennial event in 2004 and 2006, playing a key role as Europe sealed victory at both Oakland Hills and the K Club.
Had his form picked-up earlier, fans who bet on golf believe that he would have had the perfect chance to display his matchplay credentials by playing in this week’s Seve Trophy in France However, despite missing out, his victory in Scotland saw him move to the top of the European Ryder Cup points list.
The 38-year-old would certainly be a huge asset to Paul McGinley’s team, with his penchant for keeping out of trouble and ability to hole crucial puts making him almost perfect for the competition.
Europe go into the competition having won the tournament in both 2010 and 2012 and you imagine Howell’s experience on the big stage will only benefit them as they go looking to make it a hat-trick in Perthshire.