Swindon golfer David Howell said his made cut at the BMW International was ‘an incredible result’ considering how poorly he played for the majority of the week.

Howell played four consecutive days for just the second time this season at the Golfclub München Eichenried as his two under saw him make the cut by a single shot.

The 43-year-old recorded a level-par round of 72 on Saturday before gaining another shot on the course in Sunday’s final round.

The former Broome Manor professional felt his standard of golf was not as high as it could have been in Germany, but was delighted at playing the weekend and said his game improved as time went on.

Howell said: “I didn’t have a great day on Friday – I played really poorly, but holed a load of putts which was obviously very pleasing, and I scraped through the cut on the mark.

“It was a week where just making the cut was an incredible result because I played really poorly.

“But then I got through to the weekend and I played really nicely on Sunday.

“I was only one under, but I hit the ball so much better on Sunday. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and it could have quite easily been a lot better.

“The story of the week was that I improved as the week went on, which is unusual for me of late.

“I’m a little bit more buoyant after the end of the tournament and I birdied the last to finish in the top 45 which is my minimum target.”

Howell’s tied-44th finish made it two made cuts in three appearances for the Swindon-born player, adding to his full week at the British Masters showing in the second week of May.

The 43-year-old heads to Spain this week to play a course that, by his own admissions, Howell has not had much luck on in the past.

Nevertheless, Howell is aiming to make back-to-back cuts for the first time since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October 2018.

He said: “In my situation, every little positive has to be grabbed with both hands.

“First thing’s first, I’ve got to make cuts – I’ve only made two this year so far and they’ve both been on the number, so it’s a case of fine margins and you feel a whole lot different when you make it through.

“If I didn’t make that cut, I wouldn’t have had that positive Sunday which has given me a little bit more belief going into Spain.”