England's David Howell won his first title in seven years yesterday, after beating American Peter Uihlein on the 18th hole in a play-off for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The 38-year-old set the clubhouse target at St Andrews with a final round of 67.

His opponent, American Peter Uihlein, missed from 15 feet on the 18th finishing on 69 and giving Howell the winning birdie.

Uihlein had been two shots clear going into the final round, after he shot 60 in the second round at Kingsbarns on Friday, and 65 at St Andrews on Saturday.

Howell dropped out of the top 500 in the world rankings in 2010 after injury, and this win marks a remarkable comeback since his last win at the BMW Championship at Wentworth in 2006, that will see him re-enter the world's top 100.

A delighted Howell told Sky Sports: "I've never played an Open Championship here and that's still a dream, but to win a tournament here at the home of golf is amazing.

"It's been a long, long road back from the depths of despair.

"I have had a lot of support from people around me and this is as much for them as it is for me. Hopefully, it can spur me onto bigger and better things."

England's Tom Lewis shot 64, whilst Ireland's Shane Lowry finished on 68 after dropping shots at the 13th and 15th.

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