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Howell slips despite Classic fightback
DAVID Howell picked up four shots in the final six holes but his hopes of a high placing at the Dubai Desert Classic are as good as over.
The Broome Manor pro's fine finish to today's third round only served as a comeback following a disastrous opening seven holes at the Emirates Golf Club.
Howell carded level par and is six-under overall, tied for 43rd at the time of writing.
The 37-year-old bogeyed the first, birdied the third, bogeyed the sixth and then dropped two shots at the par-three seventh, leaving him three-over for the day.
A bogey at 12 only saw Howell slip back further, but he rallied in the closing stages.
The two-time Ryder Cup winner made gains at 13 and 16 before finishing with a superb eagle on the par-five 18th.
A former champion at the Classic in 1999, Howell plays his final round at his 'home' course tomorrow.