Howell's first win

 

England's David Howell claimed his first professional victory yesterday with a dazzling, seven-stroke win in the Australian PGA Championship at Sydney's New South Wales course.

Howell grabbed the lead on Thursday and never relinquished it. He extended his overnight margin of six strokes with a closing round of four-under-par 68 to finish with a 13-under-par total of 275.

The 23-year-old from Swindon was five shots clear of Trinidad's Stephen Ames and Australian Terry Price, who tied for second place with closing scores of 68 and 69 respectively.

(Australian unless stated) 275 - D Howell (Eng) 69 66 72 68; 282 - S Ames (Tri) 70 71 73 68, T Price 69 68 76 69; 284 - C Spence 75 73 69 67; 286 - A Wall (Eng) 71 72 74 69, B Partridge 75 71 72 68, R Willis 75 69 69 73, S Allan 73 74 70 69; 287 - P Marantz 74 69 78 66; 288 - R Stephens 74 75 67 72; 289 - G Coles 73 78 68 70, N Kerry 76 74 72 67; 290 - J Moseley 74 75 72 69