DAVID Howell put in his best performance since his Dunhill Links Championships win at St Andrews last year, finishing tied ninth at the Nordea Masters in Malmö, Sweden.

The Broome Manor pro had storming weekend, carding 67 and 66 on Saturday and Sunday respectively to finish 12 under par for the tournament. Today the 38-year-old looked for a short period as if he could challenge the leaders as he made a charge on the back nine.

Howell birdied four out of six holes from the 10th before a bogey at 16 ended his run, though he did pick up a birdie at the last to finish on a high.

Howell’s previous best this season was a tied 15th place at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Full reaction with Howell in the Swindon Advertiser tomorrow.