DAVID Howell missed his fifth cut in as many starts after shooting another two-over par in his second round at the Maybank Championship today.

Following his two-over round of 74 on Thursday, Howell needed to make up at least a pair of shots on the course to see himself into the weekend for the first time this season.

However, once again, the Swindon-born golfer got off to a poor start that he was unable to recover from.

Starting on the back nine, Howell could not bring up any red on his scorecard and slipped further back when carding bogeys on his sixth and seventh holes – a par-four and three respectively.

The 43-year-old made a move in the right direction on his 11th hole, shooting a three on the 493-yard par four, but gave that shot back two holes later on his penultimate par-three of the day.

Howell gave himself a sniff of a chance to make the cut with another birdie four from home, however, a bogey on his 18th caused him to end the day with a 74, four shots away from his pre-tournament target.

Meanwhile, Wiltshire’s Jordan Smith is through to the weekend thanks to a superb second-round score of 68.

Smith carded an opening-day 74, but made a lightning start to his second round to put himself back in contention.

The 26-year-old Chippenham resident made birdie on four of his opening six holes, shooting a four on the par-five fifth for the second time in as many days, before a bogey on the seventh moved him back to one under for the tournament.

A birdie-bogey combination on holes 13 and 14 kept Smith at one under par before a birdie on the par-five 18th put the 26-year-old in a tie for 31st with two round still to play.