Howell ends long wait for title as Lowry finishes shot off the pace

Shane Lowry has failed to claim the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which was won by England’s David Howell in a sudden-death play-off.

Howell ends long wait for title as Lowry finishes shot off the pace

Shane Lowry has failed to claim the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which was won by England’s David Howell in a sudden-death play-off.

Lowry finished his round one shot off the pace in the final day of the event.

Lowry and England’s Tom Lewis finished a shot outside the play-off, Lewis charging through the field with a 64 and Lowry carding a closing 68.

Lowry had briefly led by two shots after playing his first 11 holes in six under par, but paid the price for dropped shots at the 13th and 15th.

Darren Clarke finished on 18 under par, while Paul McGinley finished two further back.

It is Howell's first European Tour title in seven years.

Howell carded a final round of 67 to set the clubhouse target and then watched as overnight leader, American Peter Uihlein, missed from 15 feet for a winning birdie on the 18th, meaning the pair finished tied on 23 under par.

Both players narrowly missed long birdie attempts on the first extra hole, meaning action switched from the first to the 18th.

Uihlein left his birdie putt from long range inches short but Howell, who had lost all four of his previous play-offs, made no such mistake from eight feet to claim the title and first prize of €590,000.

“It’s incredible, the sun is shining and the crowd have come out,” Howell said. “I have never played in an Open Championship here but to win a golf tournament as a professional at the Home of Golf is quite amazing and I am really thrilled.

“I was really nervous all week and strangely less nervous today, I can’t explain that at all. I stayed calm and smooth under pressure and that was really pleasing.

“It’s been a long, long road from the depths of despair. I have had a lot of support from people around me and this is as much for them as it is for me.”

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