2005: Howell holds off Daly’s effort at BMW

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John Daly did his best to win his second BMW International Open, but the 2001 champion’s final-round 64 wasn’t quite good enough.

David Howell was one stroke better, and captured his first PGA European Tour title since his breakthrough victory at the 1999 Dubai Desert Classic. The 30-year-old Englishman shot 65 Aug. 28 and finished at 23-under 265.

Daly missed a 6-foot birdie attempt on the last hole that would have forced a playoff. Daly started the round three strokes behind but jumped into contention with a ninth-hole eagle, set up by a 200-yard approach shot that slid past the cup. He had rounds of 68-69-65-64.

“I had a fantastic weekend of golf,” he said. “Maybe I got started a little too late.

“We just came up one short.”

Daly and Australia’s Brett Rumford (65) shared second at 266, with Sweden’s Niclas Fasth (64) and Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (66) at 267 and Ireland’s Paul McGinley (66) at 268.

“I’m delighted to finally win,” Howell said. “I just tried to be aggressive. I knew the other guys wouldn’t back down.”

Howell twice lost in playoffs in May. He earned his biggest payday, more than $400,000, and secured one of 16 places in the World Match Play Championship.

On the 14th hole, Howell pulled ahead by a stroke. On the 16th, he nearly lost his lead when a short par putt spun around the cup, bounced up and fell back in.

“I got a little bit of jitters. I’ve made a mess of things before,” Howell said. “But that’s the difference today. This time the ball did the lap of honor and dropped in.”

Daly said he and Rumford kept glancing at the scoreboard as they made birdies on Nos. 10, 13 and 14. Each time, Howell matched them.

“Every time I hit a 10-footer, he would hit a 10-footer,” Daly said.

– Staff and wire reports

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