SWINDON’S David Howell says he has “no excuses” ahead of today’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, and he is confident of doing well.

The Broome Manor professional is a former winner of the event, having triumphed in 2006, and he is confident of doing well at one of his favourite courses.

“I haven’t played for three weeks but I was playing well until then,” he said.

“I generally feel I am doing everything right and the game is as straightforward as it can be for me right now.

“Wentworth is one of, if not my favourite course so I am really looking forward to it.

“I have no real excuses and seem to know what I am doing. I’m fit and healthy and looking forward to a successful tournament.”

The former Ryder Cup man has not been in competition since the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea at the end of April, but he can take great confidence from his last display.

Howell birdied the final hole in Seoul to ensure he finished joint 12th, his best finish since July 2011.

Howell also explained the reason behind his three-week break from action - citing an administration error for his absence at the Open de Espana.

“My management team deal with all the entries to tournaments,” explained Howell. “It is just a case of sending an email or phoning up. However, on this occasion everybody forgot and neither was done.

“It was disappointing because I like the course. However, the weather was poor during the week so I guess that was a blessing in disguise.”

Howell will be hoping to roll back the years as he tees off at 1.45pm alongside Anthony Wall and Søren Kjeldsen.