Category: David Howell

February 19, 2013

Feherty recounts totally wild '80s party with Daly

Posted at 5:33 PM by Josh Sens


A lot of John Daly's life might be as sad as the country tunes he croons.

But not all of his nights have been so lonely.

Not according to David Feherty, who says his buddy Daly set "a world record" for the number of prostitutes in a hotel room during a tournament some years ago.

Appearing as a guest on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno on Friday night, Feherty recalled the time he first met Daly at a tournament in South Africa in the "mid-to-late 80s." Leading by one going into the final round, Feherty said he found himself paired with a lean young man with a neck-warmer hairdo who weighed no more than "150 pounds with his reading glasses on."

Hitting it long but wild, Daly wound up edging Feherty by one shot for the win, then invited his playing partner to a party in his hotel room that night.

"And I thought, 'That's a bad idea,'" Feherty told Leno. "'But I'm going to do it anyway."

When Feherty showed up at Daly's room that evening, Daly came to the door in boxer shorts, holding a drink and smoking a "deep-fried Marlboro light," having already spent his $30,000 winners check on live entertainment.

"It was a world record for the amount of hookers in a hotel room," Feherty said.

"Really? Wow. I didn't even know they kept those records," Leno replied.

Neither did we.

Feherty appeared on "The Tonight Show" to promote his eponymous show on Golf Channel, which kicks off its third season on February 25.

He was also having fun with his longtime pal, Daly, who has appeared as a guest on Feherty's show.

The two men have a lot in common. Both have struggled with drinking problems. Both have been open about their past failings.

Clearly, there's a kinship.

But you have to wonder how Long John himself feels about these late-night revelations.

Is he thinking that his friend Feherty on the talk-show rounds has managed to go a bit too low?


July 20, 2008

'Cool Dude' Howell: I could still make Cup

Posted at 8:25 AM by Cameron Morfit

SOUTHPORT, England -- To say David Howell hasn't made much noise lately is probably an understatement, but after firing a three-under 67 in the final round of the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday, to get to 12 over for the tournament, he said he's still got time to make Nick Faldo's Ryder Cup team.

"Who knows? If I win the Bridgestone Invitational and do well at the PGA, there are still some big tournaments left," said the four-time winner on the European Tour, whose 67, the second best round of the week, was marred by three three-putts, including one at the last.

Howell, 33, was one of Europe's stars when he hit the European Shot of the Year at the 2004 Ryder Cup, but injuries quickly brought him down to earth. He tore a stomach muscle while warming up for the second round of the 2005 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and he didn't play again for nearly two months.

Back at full strength in '06, Howell won twice on the European Tour, including the HSBC Champions, where he outscored playing partner Tiger Woods. According to Howell's bio in the British Open players guide, Woods was so moved by the performance that he gave Howell a new nickname: Cool Dude.

Then came more physical problems: Howell was sidelined by shoulder and then lower-back injuries in 2007. He calls the entire season "a write-off," and says his physical problems led to swing flaws, a downward spiral that will sound familiar to fans of David Duval. (The former No. 1 rebounded from an 83 on Saturday to shoot 71 Sunday.)

Howell attributes his improved health this year to continued work with his trainer, but, "Nothing out of the ordinary," he said. "No lotus poses or anything." He has a terrible record in the Open, with six missed cuts in 10 starts, and thought he was headed for more of the same after two consecutive three-putts on the eighth and ninth holes Thursday. He said to his caddie, "What are we doing here?"

After signing for a first-round 76, Howell bounced back with a 71 to make the cut with two shots to spare, then added a 78 in Saturday's stiff winds before his Sunday 67. At 12 over, he was tied for 27th place when he finished and moved into a tie for seventh by day's end. That eclipsed his best Open finish, a tie for 42nd in 1998, also at Birkdale.

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