Paul Casey and David Howell played in 2 back to back Ryder Cups in 2004 and 2006 which resulted in grand victories for them – not only they were team mates, but they were also fourball partners, becoming victorious in 2 matches out of 2.
Both of them were in the world’s top ten and those five years which is generally looked at as a golf player’s peak years – from thirty to thirty five – was beckoning. This is the 5 year spell when experience and talent reflects on the golf course.
Yet, for some these five years can also be a desperately tough time, when injuries happens with aggravating frequency; or a life changing experiences like divorce or the loss of a parent can take years off a career.
And we have seen Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Luke Donald all progress from UK’s golden generation to turn into truly world-class golfers during this time, and on the other hand they have also seen Paul Casey and David Howell fall by the wayside.
Whilst the others top the leaderboards, and are tipped by the likes of Unibet and other online betting companies, these two have struggled.
Six years back, David Howell won 2 of Europe’s top golf events, including the flagship tournament at Wentworth as well as defeating Tiger in Shanghai; Paul Casey made it to the world’s top 3. After that life poked in a destructive way. David lost confidence after some bad injuries and more importantly the lost his mother. Meanwhile, Paul had a difficult time during his divorce.