SWINDON'S David Howell carded a two-under round of 70 to narrowly scrape through to the weekend at the BMW International in Munich.

The 43-year-old will be playing a full week for only the second time this European Tour season following his made cut at the British Masters early last month.

Starting the day at level par, thanks to a late rally in his first round, Howell begun his second round in a more positive fashion than on Thursday.

Avoiding the two bogeys that put him on the backfoot immediately in the first round, Howell kicked off Friday with four consecutive pars as he searched for some mid-season form.

A second birdie of the week on the fifth hole at the Golfclub München Eichenried pushed the former Ryder Cup man to one under before a par preceded his second birdie of the day on seven.

But the par-threes in Germany had already caused Howell some trouble, and so it proved to be once again as the 43-year-old dropped his first shot of the day on eight.

Unable to fully stop the rot, Howell bogeyed the 10th hole for the second day in a row as he dropped back to level par once again.

But like Thursday's opening round, the former Broome Manor professional rallied late on to book his place in Germany over the weekend.

Howell made threes on the 14th and 15th holes before calmly rolling home his par putts on the remaining holes to squeeze above the cut line - set at two under.