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Swindon's Howell frustrated despite carding a bogey-free round
DAVID Howell left Kingsbarns a frustrated man yesterday despite shooting a bogey-free round of 68 to leave him in the mix going into round three of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship today.
The Broome Manor pro picked up three birdies during his first nine holes before adding a fourth at the third hole of his second set of nine, which was enough to leave him tied 20th, six shots behind leader Tom Lewis.
Howell was frustrated with the way he drove the ball and believes he left a number of shots out on the course, but is now looking forward to today’s third round at St Andrews and is hopeful of making the final day at the Old Course tomorrow.
“I didn’t drive the ball all that well which was frustrating for me because it meant I wasn’t able to take advantage of the par fives because they were all pretty reachable,” he said.
“That was the difference between 65 and 68, and I would say 68 was about par for the day, but after a good day in the first round we’re still in good shape.
“It’s that sort of course really and Peter Uihlein shot 60 on the day and Joost Luiten 63, but you’re not going to do it every day and hopefully my bad driving day is out the way.
“I’m in there after two rounds and some of the players have the tougher round at Carnoustie to play tomorrow so we will have to see.
“There’s a bit of a log jam with scores but I’m in there and need to play a little better.”
Howell tackles St Andrews today as he completes a round at each of the three courses making up the Championship, and if all goes well will return there tomorrow for the final round.
“St Andrews is a special place to play and it gives you a bit of room off the tee which is nice, and hopefully I can take advantage,” he said.
“Hopefully we get some nice weather and the wind is supposed to get up a bit which is probably what the tournament needs because there’s not been much so far.”
The Swindon player is partnered by Hollywood A-Lister Hugh Grant in the pro-am, with the pair carding a twoball betterball eight-under on day two to leave them tied for 34th, eight shots back from leaders Richard McEvoy and Michael Zamkow.
“Hugh’s doing alright and we have half a chance of making the cut, and if I can play alright and he can chip in occasionally we can hopefully squeeze through,” Howell said.
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