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Howard almost gave in to cancer

Barclay Howard - top amateur in the 1997 Open at Troon - has admitted he contemplated suicide as he fought back from cancer.

The Scot felt so low following a bone marrow transplant last year that he wanted his sister to put him out of his misery.

But now the 46-year-old is on the mend after those dark days at Glasgow's Gartnavel Hospital and ready to play golf again.

Howard revealed: ``I said to my sister `Go and get me a jag needle; I can't handle any more'.

``I wanted out of the world. I was finished and wanted a jag to put me out of the game.''

Howard had to endure questions about when he was going to die from his six-year-old daughter Laura Jean.

But next week he wants to celebrate the first anniversary of his transplant by planning a return to winning ways on the fairways. He aims to be hitting a ball within five weeks and playing tournament golf by next year.

Howard told BBC Scotland's Friday Sportscene: ``I am not going back to being a squib ... I will give 100%.'

 

TRW