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Howell starts strongly in Abu Dhabi
SWINDON’S David Howell is tied for fifth following an opening round of 69 at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship today.
The Broome Manor star sits on two-under-par, three shots off the joint lead held by Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson..
A birdie two at the par-three seventh set Howell on the right track but he bogeyed the ninth to move back to level par at the halfway mark.
The former Ryder Cup man added birdie threes at 11 and 16 and a final gain at the par-five 18th put him right up amongst the leaders.
World number one Rory McIlroy is struggling back on three-over but Tiger Woods is faring better on level par.