Injured Howell ready to toe the line at KLM
DAVID Howell is still being dogged by injury concerns despite having shaken off the wrist problem that reared its ugly head at the European Masters in Switzerland last week.
The Swindonian is scheduled to begin his campaign at the KLM Open in the Netherlands this morning, but he will be managing the recurrence of a toe problem that nearly ruled him out of the US Open in June.
Having played two sets of nine holes at Kennemer Golf & Country Club on Tuesday and Wednesday, Howell has not been too limited by the injury but warned that trouble will be ahead if it worsens.
“I’ve seen someone about it and I’m a little bit worried, but I have played and practised,” he said.
“It hasn’t stopped me playing so I hope it won’t be a problem, but if it gets worse then it could be problematic.
“It’s on my mind a little bit but other than that I’m looking forward to getting out there this week.”
The KLM Open has shifted from the narrow, tree-lined fairways of Hilversum to Kennemer for 2013 and Howell admits that the two courses have little in common.
“This is very different to Hilversum, it’s a classic links course so think British Open and you’re on the right track,” he said.
“This is a full-on links test which is great because we don’t play much of that. There’s quite a bit of elevation to it which makes it tricky in the wind, but the course itself is in fantastic condition.
“I don’t think it will be an easy challenge this week but it’s one I think I can cope with pretty well.
“It would be nice to be in with a chance to win again. I was reasonably pleased with 26th (at the European Masters) last week but I was disappointed to only shoot two-under on the final day.
“I had a chance of making the top 15 so I suppose it ended on a little bit of a low, but it was a good solid week.”
Howell tees off at 8:55am (7:55am local time) alongside Christian Cevaer and Wen-chong Liang this morning.
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