5:40am Saturday 14th July 2012
By Ned Payne
DAVID Howell recovered from an early wobble to surge back above the cut line at the Scottish Open yesterday.
The Swindon star might have made a birdie after teeing off at the 10th at Castle Stuart Golf Links, but disaster struck as he bogeyed the 11th and then hit a double bogey seven at the 12th.
In recent years that might have been enough to throw Howell of course for the rest of the round, but the 37-year-old has been made of tough stuff of late and he duly recovered with aplomb.
Making gains at the 14th, 16th and 18th, he pulled himself back to one-under, and his good form continued after the turn as he holed birdies at the second and third.
Despite dropping a shot at the fifth, he instantly recovered with a birdie at the sixth and picked another shot up at the eighth, before adding another birdie at the ninth for good measure.
That left him on five-under for the round and two-under for the tournament, which at the time of writing, saw him tied for 20th on the leaderboard.
It was the seventh cut in a row that Howell has made on the European Tour.
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