DAVID Howell was steady if unspectacular during his second day at the Tshwane Open in South Africa after carding a one-under-par round of 70.

After making the cut in his last outing Howell has given himself a decent chance of doing the same again.

The 42-year-old opened up with four straight level-par fours, before a hitting a birdie on the par-three fifth.

From here, Howell failed to build on this momentum but continued to be consistent as he registered a par on his next seven holes.

At the 15th the two-time Ryder Cup winner slipped up, dropping his first shot of the day with a bogey-five.

Howell tried to repair the damage, but was unable to do so as he recorded a further three pars.

On the 16th, Howell, who is managing a back injury, reduced his score back down to one-under with his second birdie of the day in Pretoria.

His final two holes saw the Swindon man finish off a steady second day in South Africa, scoring level-par on the 17th and 18th.