KINGSBARNS, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 05: David Howell of England plays an approach shot during the First Round of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Club on October 5, 2006 in Kingsbarns, Scotland. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Nationality: English

Date of birth: June 23 1975

Place of birth: Swindon

Turned pro: 1995

Last five Masters finishes: T19th ('06), T11th ('05), DNP ('04), DNP ('03), DNP ('02)

The 31-year-old from Swindon was the leader of the 2006 Order of Merit until the final event of the season, when he was agonisingly pipped to the title by Padraig Harrington.

He can boast top-20 finishes in both of his Masters appearances so far and is reportedly free of the niggling injuries that frustratingly hampered his progress during the second half of 2006, so he could be an interesting outside bet for the title.

In his relatively short Masters career he has already proved that he has the all-round game for Augusta but it is his superb putting ? so important on Augusta?s notoriously fast greens ? that will help him most.

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