DAVID Howell recorded a season-best T30 at the Czech Masters in Prague this weekend – ending the tournament four-under.

After shooting rounds of three-under and one-under on the first two days of the competition, Swindon-born Howell carded two further rounds of two-under to record his best finish of the year.

The 44-year-old’s concluding round started in consistent fashion, with pars delivered on the opening four holes.

Howell then birdied the par-four fifth to move up the leaderboard before an additional three pars on holes six, seven and eight steadied his ship further.

A birdie on the par-five ninth then lifted Howell to eight-under for the tournament.

And that was how his score remained for the rest of the afternoon following nine successive pars.

The tournament was eventually won by Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, while Spain’s Adri Arnaus finished second and Italy’s Andrea Pavan and England’s Sam Horsfield sharing third.

Despite only carding three-under on the competition’s final day, Pieters did enough to hold off the Arnaus for the win.

He ended the four day event 19-under, one shot clear of his nearest rival.

Next up on the European Tour in the Scandinavian Invitation in Gothenburg.