Howell lauds Indian Premier League

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David Howell will attempt to knock his rivals for six when he goes in search of a first European Tour title in seven years at this week’s Avantha Masters.

The five-time professional champion recently travelled to Mumbai to take part in the inaugural Golf Premier League - a new concept organised by Challenge Tour champion Shiv Kapur which is based loosely on cricket’s Indian Premier League.

A shortened version of the game played partially under floodlights, the tournament pitted eight teams representing different regions of India against one another, with a field including former major champions Michael Campbell, Angel Cabrera and Darren Clarke who were all ‘bought’ at an auction.

Despite losing out by one shot to Darren Clarke’s Uttarakhand Lions on 34-under, Howell says he saw great potential in the cricket-style event going forward.

“It was a lot of fun to do something a bit different,” said the 37-year-old Englishman.

“It was a 14-hole, day-night team event, and it’s got great potential. Team golf’s always a lot of fun, and if they can get a few sponsors on board I can really see it taking off.


“It can be difficult to find the right week in the schedule for those sort of events, but if they can find a suitable date in the diary, I’m sure it could work.”

Talking of potential, Howell’s game is progressing nicely, too. The Surrey resident, whose last victory dates back to the BMW PGA at Wentworth in 2006, has enjoyed a mini resurgence so far this season with top-ten finishes in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and Tshwane Open.

“I’m in a good run of form so I come into the week in confident mood, and if not expecting to do well then at least knowing that it’s a distinct possibility,” he added.

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