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David Howell confirms entry to British Masters

European order of merit leader David Howell will play on home soil for the first time this season when he competes at the British Masters in May.

The 30-year-old Howell has confirmed his entry for the May 11-14 tournament at the Belfry, said the European Tour on its official website on Monday.

Howell leads second-placed Swede Henrik Stenson by more than 340,000 euros ($414,100) at the top of the order of merit.

The world number 13 played in Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team two years ago but it was in 2005 that his career really took off.

Howell followed up two successive second-place finishes in May, at the British Masters and Irish Open, by winning the BMW International in Munich in August and the inaugural Champions Tournament in Shanghai in November.

His victory in Shanghai was particularly eye-catching after he outscored playing partner and world number one Tiger Woods in the final round.

March 21, 2006


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