Howell bemoans inconsistency

David Howell described his showing at the Open Championship as ‘a little disappointing’ but says he is still feeling good about his game.

Howell impressed during the first round at the Old Course, carding a four under 68, but eventually finished 11 shots back of champion Zach Johnson following rounds of 73, 73 and 70 to end on four under par.

The Englishman admitted to having a tough time in the wind at St Andrews and says he was frustrated not to impose himself on the Old Course on Sunday, when scoring was at it’s best following rain earlier in the weekend.

“Ultimately, it was a little disappointing,” the 40-year-old told the Swindon Advisor.

“I felt like, in general, I was playing better than I have ended up finishing. St Andrews is always a bit of a different test.

“With the weather, there is a lot of wind to play in, and links golf is a great test, but it is different to what we play in normally.

“I still feel like I am swinging the club well and I am feeling pretty good about my game.

“To shoot one over yesterday, when it was really quite easy, that really cost me,” he added.

“I hit some good shots that didn’t quite come off. I didn’t hole a putt of any note.

“I had two five-foot putts for birdie in the first five holes, so that summed up how the day went for me.”

Howell will now begin his preparations for the Omega European Masters which takes place at the Crans-sur-Sierre course in Switzerland later this week.