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ST ANDREWS---England s
David Howell ended a seven-
year winless drought with a
playoff victory over American
Peter Uihlein to capture the
Alfred Dunhill Links Champi-
The former Ryder Cup player
birdied the second extra hole with
a 12-foot putt to defeat Uihlein.
Both players had ended regu-
lation play on 23-under par on
the Old Course with Howell
shooting 5-under 67 and Uihlein
"To nail that birdie putt to win
is pretty sweet," Howell said. "I
was zero and 5 in playoffs so I
felt as though I deserved one."
Howell beat Tiger Woods in
2006 to win the inaugural HSBC
Champions event and has played
more than 200 tournaments
since his last victory in the BMW
Championship later that year.
England's Tom Lewis (64) and
Ireland's Shane Lowry (68)
shared third place at 22 under.
Howell began the final round
two strokes behind Uihlein but
then burst into contention with
five birdies in his opening seven
holes, including four in succes-
sion from the fourth hole.
However, Howell played the
last nine in par while Uihlein,
competing in the event for a first
occasion, also stalled in com-
pleting his inward nine in 1-
Both players parred the first
extra hole before Howell sealed
a fifth European Tour victory.
"Hats off to David, (he) played
great, made a nice birdie," said
Uihlein. "He made more putts
than I did at the end of the day."
Howell's win moves him back
into the world's top 100 and also
to 12th in the Race to Dubai,
qualifying him for the European
Tour's end-of-season final series
for the first time in his career.
"It's a dream to be back in the
big time as it's been a long, long
road from the depths of despair
to get here today," Howell said.
Uihlein, who was looking to
become the first American to win
the tournament, moved to 10th
on the Race to Dubai.
Frenchman Thomas Levet and
amateur David Sayer won the
pro-am team event with a 40-
under tally. Howell was teamed
with actor Hugh Grant and joked
afterward: "We have been a ter-
rible partnership in this event."
The pair tied 9th on 33-under.
Howell captures Dunhill Links title
FLORENCE---Rui Costa of Por-
tugal prevailed over a star-stud-
ded field to win a grueling road
race at the cycling world cham-
pionships yesterday, edging
Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain in a
two-man sprint finish.
Rodriguez attacked several times
in the final lap of a hilly circuit
but Rui Costa caught him in the
finishing straight and easily won
the sprint for the biggest victory
of his career.
In the final kilometre, Rodriguez
turned around and said something
to Rui Costa.
"He told me to pass him," Rui
Costa said after putting on the
rainbow jersey. "Obviously I didn't
want to pass him. Then it was just
a tactical game. I was just hoping
my legs wouldn't fail me and they
Rui Costa clocked 7 hours, 25
minutes, 44 seconds over the
marathon-like 272-kilometre (169-
mile) route to become the first
Portuguese winner in the race's
The 26-year-old Rui Costa has
won three stages at the Tour de
France, one in 2011 and two this
year, and he also won the Tour de
Suisse this year and last.
Rodriguez crossed with the
same time and Alejandro Valverde
of Spain edged local favourite Vin-
cenzo Nibali of Italy for third, 15
"The only thing that counts is
to win and I didn't win today,"
Rodriguez said. "Rui Costa had
had the race of his life."
Rui Costa, whose full name is
Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa, has
been a teammate of Valverde's on
the Movistar trade team but he
will join Lampre next year.
It was Valverde's record fifth
podium but he has still never won.
"I'm not happy with third now
but I think later I will be, and also
with Purito's (Rodriguez's) silver.
It was a good day for Spain,"
Valverde said. "Although I would
be happier with gold."
The course started in Lucca near
the coast and ended with ten laps
of a difficult 16.6-kilometre (10.3-
mile) circuit in and around Flo-
For more than six hours, heavy
rain fell. But the sun eventually
came out and dried the course for
the final lap.
Still, the conditions resulted in
only 61 of 208 riders finishing.
The circuit's highlights were one
long climb, a 4.4-kilometre (2.7-
mile) ascent to the scenic town of
Fiesole with an average gradient
of 5 perccent, then after a brief
but technical descent another short
but steep climb of 600 metres
with gradients as high as 16 per
With the constant climbing and
descending, some riders compared
it to a roller-coaster...
Despite the rain, fans turned out
in large numbers, especially when
riders passed by Florence's Duomo
cathedral and wound their way
through the city's medieval streets.
Five riders broke away from the
pack soon after the start and
established a lead of 7 minutes at
one point. But the main pack
began to pick up the pace as it
entered the circuit and of the orig-
inal five---Bartosz Huzarski
(Poland), Rafaa Chtioui (Tunisia),
Yonder Godoy (Venezuela),
Matthias Brandle (Austria) and Jan
Barta (Czech Republic)---only Barta
and Huzarski were left in front
after five laps.
Huzarski was the lone leader
when Italy's Giovanni Visconti
caught up with him during the
eighth lap but they were both then
quickly swallowed by the chasing
A group of about 50 riders was
in the lead entering the final lap.
Then the attacks began, first by
Italy's Michele Scarponi on the
Fiesole climb, then by Nibali, and
finally with Rodriguez and Rui
Pre-race favorites Peter Sagan
and Fabian Cancellara couldn't
respond to Scarponi's attack and
were dropped. Sagan finished sixth
and Cancellara was tenth, each 34
Rui Costa edges Joaquin
Rodriguez for world title
Alberto Rui Costa, of Portugal,
celebrates as he crosses the
finish line to win the gold medal
in the men's elite road race event,
at the road cycling world
championships, in Florence, Italy,
yesterday. Alberto Rui Costa of
Portugal prevailed over a star-
studded field to win a grueling
road race at the cycling world
championships yesterday, edging
Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain in a
two-man sprint finish. AP PHOTO
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