Sept 29 (Reuters) - Englishman David Howell birdied the second extra hole to beat American Peter Uihlein in a sudden-death playoff and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrew's, Scotland on Sunday.
Howell and Uihlein were tied at 23 under par at the end of the tournament, a pro-am event in which players alternate between three courses over the first three days, before the top 60 pros and the top 20 teams compete in the final round.
Uihlein, 24, who carded a 60 in his second round, took a two-shot lead into the final day but Howell came home with a five-under par 67 to Uihlein's 69 to force the playoff.
England's Tom Lewis put himself in contention with a final- round 64 but he fell just short on 22 under par for a share of third place with Ireland's Shane Lowry.
Former Ryder Cup player Howell, 38, has struggled in recent years to find his form.
"As a pro, to win at the home of golf is quite amazing. It has been a long, long road from the depths of despair," he told Sky Sports.
"I have had a lot of support from people around me and this is for them, too. It is sweet (to win) and a dream. "
It was Howell's fifth appearance in a playoff - and his first victory.