DAVID Howell is refusing to get carried away with his recent upturn in form as he heads to Sweden for the Nordea Masters.

The 41-year-old has suffered a disappointing season so far but has seen a spike in form of late, as he has made the cut in two of his last three competitions.

But while the two-time Ryder Cup winner accepts last weekend’s 48th finish at BMW PGA Championship does signal progress, he insists there is still plenty still to be done.

“It’s not much to write home about but I am just looking for a positive trend,” said the Brome Manor pro.

“I feel like momentum is slowly shifting in the right direction. I’m not going to shout from the rooftops about making a cut, I only really consider finishing in the top 45 a result.

“I still didn’t hit the mark, but it was positive momentum so I am looking forward to getting back out there this weekend and trying to better that 48th place finish.

“At the end of the day I’ve got myself in a bad run of form - I can admit that - and bit by bit build it back up again.”

The course, which is in Malmö, represents a tricky test for the Wiltshire man, who will also have to navigate blustery conditions when he gets underway.

“I feel like my game is improving ever so slightly and I am feeling slightly more confident, which will lead to better shots and a better swing,” added Howell, who only flew out to Sweden yesterday evening. “It is a bit of strange course and there are some winds so I don’t think it is going to be an easy challenge.

“It’s a bit of unusual preparation for me but my caddie has had a good look at the course. I’ll be a little bit blind going into it but that might be a good thing.

“Hopefully it might pay dividends to have a couple more days at home after a busy Wentworth and (US Open) qualifiers on Monday.”

Howell was teeing off at 7.50am (BST) alongside South African Jaco Ahlers and Germany’s Alexander Knappe.