CHINA OPEN: Swindon's Howell still struggling to find his form
DAVID Howell’s disappointing campaign has shown no signs of abating after he shot a three-over-par 75 at the China Open.
The Broome Manor pro went into the event in Shenzhen with high hopes of finally producing four rounds of golf that he could be proud of.
However, the 38-year-old looked to have continued from where he left off at the Maybank Malaysian Open when he missed the cut.
Having starting on the 10th, Howell birdied the 11th hole before five bogies in six holes from the 14th left his round in disarray.
But Howell managed to pull a shot back on the fourth to leave him tied 99th at the end of round one.
However, the worst round of the day belonged to American Sam Yi as he finished 18-over, which included a 11 shots on the par-five 17th, despite hitting two birdies.
Leading the way at Genzon Golf Club are Spanaird Alvaro Quiros and England’s Simon Dyson as they both hit five-under-par 67s.
However, fading light brought the first day’s play to a premature end with South Korea’s Il-hwan Park and Alexander Levy both four-under with a hole to play.
Howell will be hoping that he will have better luck today when his round gets under 12.05pm local time (5.05 BST) alongside Shane Lowry, who went went around in a par-72, and Lianwei Zhang, who finished two shots adrift of Howell.