SWINDON'S David Howell finished one-over par after his first round at the Qatar Masters.

Bogeys at five and six left him two-over par at the turn before the Broome Manor professional dropped another shot at the 10th.

Birdies at the 15th and 16th however ensured Howell finished his opening round on a high.

Howell begins his second round on Thursday at 11.45am local time.