Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Birthday: 23 June 1975
Year turned pro: 1995
Birthplace: Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Sponsor: Eurocams, Adams, Enterprise rent-a-car, Thrive, Dunlop, Titleist
Howell was born in Swindon in the UK in 1975. He started out playing at Broome Manor Golf Club before turning professional in 1995. He went on to achieve wins at the Australian PGA Championship in 1998 and at the Dubai Desert Classic in 1999.
Although he did not achieve any further wins over the following six years, Howell did continue to be reasonably successful. In 2004, Howell finished in tenth place on the Order of Merit for the European Tour, and after winning the first event of the European Tour in 2006, he was placed as high as 13th in the World Rankings. At that time this meant that he was the highest ranked British player and the second highest ranked European player. At the end of the 2006 season Howell finished in third place on the Order of Merit. This was despite the fact that the end of his season was disrupted by a back injury, as was his 2007 season.
It wasn’t until 2013 that Howell again won on the European Tour, at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. During his career, Howell was also part of the European Ryder Cup team in both 2004 and 2006. Howell is one of the few players who uses the Titleist DT Solo ball which he says allows him to generate spin on the greens.
Away from playing the game, Howell sometimes works for Sky Sports, commentating on and analyzing events.
As of the end of 2014, Howell was yet to achieve a win on the PGA Tour, but had amassed total prize money of $1,742,398.