DAVID Howell isn’t expecting anyone to run away with the Wales Open at Celtic Manor as he prepares to begin his second round this morning.
The Swindon man is one-under following his first 18 holes, only five behind leader Joost Luiten in an event where the 69 players under par are separated by only six shots.
Frenchman Gregory Bourdy won the title on only eight-under last year, with Howell expecting something similar this year on an extremely challenging golf course.
“Joost Luiten has shot six-under which is a very good score, but three-under is fifth so there’s a lot of golf left,” he said.
“Eight-under won this competition last year so it was a pretty modest score, and who knows what it’s going to be this year.
“It won’t be a low one, I know that because it’s a tough, long golf course where you have to play well to win.
“I have to keep steady at it and if I can hit it in general like I did in the first round I should be in good shape.”
Howell gets things going at 8.25am alongside Francesco Molinari and Bradley Dredge.