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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 August 2005, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Howell holds nerve to take title
FINAL LEADERBOARD
David Howell celebrates his win at the 18th
-23 D Howell
-22 J Daly (US), B Rumford (Aus)
-21 S Kjeldsen (Den), N Fasth (Swe)
-20 P McGinley
-19 S Dyson
(GB&I unless stated)
Britain's David Howell edged out John Daly and Brett Rumford at the BMW International Open to secure his first European Tour title in six years.

Howell, who started the final round one shot behind leader Luke Donald, hit a 65 to end the tournament at 23 under, one stroke clear of Daly and Rumford.

The 30-year-old shrugged off a bogey at the first to make eight birdies.

Donald's challenge wilted on the final day as he carded a 73 to drop to a share of 11th place in Munich.

Howell had to make a tricky two-foot putt at the last to clinch the win, but had no problems in putting the finishing touch to his excellent tournament.

"I just told myself I was the best putter in the world and went for it," he said.

"I've become very, very consistent in Europe but I had a very bare trophy cabinet.

"I was getting fed up putting pro-am trophies and shot of the month prizes in it - now we have some proper silverware at last.

"When I won back in 1999 I wasn't ready to be one of the best players in the world, I didn't have the game.

"The next 10 years of my life are going to be the best 10 years and this has made me look forward to bigger and better things."

Sweden's Niclas Fasth and Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen were a further shot back in a share of fourth place.

A missed birdie putt from six feet on the final hole cost Daly, who shot a 64, the chance to put extra pressure on Howell.

Howell's victory was his first on the European Tour since the 1999 Dubai Desert Classic.




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