JOHNNIE WALKER CHAMPIONSHIP: Howell fights back in Scotland
DAVID Howell recovered from a poor start to edge above the cut line following his second round at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles yesterday.
The Swindon man hit a ‘freak’ wedge shot on the 11th - his first hole - that cost him a double bogey and he followed that up with another dropped shot at the 12th.
However, a run of four birdies and one eagle in the space of seven holes got him right back on track and despite bogeys on seven and eight, a birdie two at the last pulled him back to two-under-par for the day and three-under for the tournament.
That was just enough to ensure a prolonged weekend in Scotland and Howell was in buoyant mood afterwards.
“It was a good round, I played really well,” he said.
“I hit a freak duffed wedge shot on the first hole of the day from a perfect position on the fairway, which is one of those things you can’t explain.
“I’d have to rack my brains for the last time that happened, although it happens more often that people might think.
“I went on to three-putt from long range at the next hole, but did really well to fight back and played the next 12 holes absolutely beautifully.
“I was six-under-par for those holes and it could have been more, to be honest, as I had numerous opportunities I didn’t take, but it was as finer run as I’ve had in a long time.
“For the eagle (at the par-five second) I ripped a beautiful five iron to 12 feet from the fairway and rolled the putt straight in the middle of the cup.
“I hit two weak tee shots on my 15th and 16th which put me under pressure, although I holed a good par putt on my 17th.
“Then I finally holed a decent putt on the last hole of the day, so it was a really pleasing round of golf after starting so poorly.”
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