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Solid display from Howell in Malaysia
6:00am Monday 16th April 2012 in Golf
DAVID Howell shot a superb final round 68 to secure a good finish at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
Howell bounced back from a disappointing third round in which he shot a 75 to finish tied for 33rd on three-under-par for the tournament.
The Swindon golfer started the final day on the 10th hole, and opened with three pars before a bogey on the 13th.
But three birdies in four holes got things moving, before starting the front nine with another birdie.
But a double bogey at the second threatened to see him carry on where he left off the previous day.
But the Broome Manor professional responded in the best possible way with a birdie at the third, before picking up two more shots at the fifth and sixth holes and then finishing with three pars.
The finish saw Howell pick up valuable prizemoney, which leaves him 128th in the Race to Dubai standings, 13 places away from qualification.
Louis Oosthuizen put his Masters disappointment behind him to claim victory at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & County Club ahead of Stephen Gallagher and Rafael Cabrera-Bello on 17-under.
The South African lost out in a play off to American Bubba Watson at Augusta, and was pleased to bounce back.
"Having a good week this week was important and playing well,” he said.
“I didn't want to come here and play bad but to win means a lot because I have been playing well.”
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