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WGC-HSBC CHAMPIONS: Broome Manor pro happy to be level
BROOME Manor’s David Howell said he was ‘encouraged’ by his level-par opening round at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai and is confident of a positive few days in China.
The Swindon pro, a former winner of the event in 2006, fired 72 at Sheshan International to put himself tied-39th and halfway up a talent-laden leaderboard.
He said: “The main thing is I’m in touch with everybody, it was nice to start well and be level-par rather than be one-or-two over.
“What was encouraging was just the way I played and there’s no reason why I can’t move forward and have a decent week.
“There’s a lot of work to do but I feel like my game is in good shape.”
Howell battled gamely at Sheshan International and was delighted to pull himself back to level with gains at the 16th and 18th for a score he felt he deserved.
“I played well actually, I played beautifully at the start and felt like I could have been two or three under through the first seven,” said Howell.
“I made a little bit of a mistake on the par-three sixth when I took the wrong club and didn’t hit a good chip.
“But I hit the first real bad shot of the day on the eighth which was down to a bit of a lack of focus and a poor swing.
“It’s a tough little shot to the par-five and it cost me a shot, although I made a good chip and putt for bogey - that was the hole (Phil) Mickelson took nine on.
“I followed that up with two really nice shots at the seventh but after a couple of bogeys I was one-over after nine and was really frustrated because I had been patient at that point.
“I gave up a chance on 10 and didn’t play 11 very well, although I hit a beautiful chip to save par from a tough spot, and that felt like it was the first good thing that had happened for a while.
“I had another long-range putt miss on 15 and at that point I was two-over and felt really hard done by as I had played some really nice golf, but things hadn’t gone my way.
“Sure enough, I got two birdies at the end after a couple of great wedge shots and all-in-all that made a pretty good round of golf.”
Howell is set to begin his second round at 3.40am GMT tomorrow morning.
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