KLM OPEN: Change of shoe aided Howell charge
DAVID Howell surged to second at the KLM Open and then admitted a new shoe had kept him up with the leading pack.
The Broome Manor pro carded a first-round five-under-par at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in the Netherlands and was within two inches of a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th.
The superb round came despite Howell having to manage the recurrence of a toe problem that nearly ruled him out of the US Open.
“I put a different style of golf shoe on to protect my toe, which is a little bit wider and with dimples instead of spikes on the bottom,” said Howell. “I was a bit anxious to go to a shoe with soft spikes, but I thought it was the best option to make sure I got round alright.
“I played really nicely and didn’t miss a green apart from the 18th when I was four inches away. I gave myself lots of chances and it was really solid golf.”
Howell admitted he was disappointed to miss out on an ace by a matter of inches, but said he could hardly complain with a two.
“There was a very nice car for a hole-in-one which would have come in handy with twin boys on the way in December,” said Howell.
“I was only a couple of inches away and it was a bit of a shame it didn’t go in, but I gladly took a birdie.”
Howell was a shot behind overnight leader Miguel Angel Jimenez. Also in the leading pack were Pablo Larrazabal and Damien McGrane.
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